June 13th, 2012
Last fall I pulled out the small Lilac that was in the front flowerbed and moved it to the backyard, realizing there just wasn't enough space where it was planted, although in the few years it was out front it bloomed every year except the first. It wasn't getting much larger though, because it's growth was hampered by the plants surrounding it, and the stonework and hard-sided pond it sat next to. I moved it last fall (September) into the back and this spring, the wild roses have already taken over it's old spot in the front. Even more surprising to me is that the Lilac threw up a single bloom this spring, which was rather unexpected. This particular little Lilac came from our old house. I started it from a cut off an old Lilac shrub in the house next door to us, carefully rooting it and nuturing it from it's single small "stick". It had been moved a couple of times as it grew, each time it was moved, it wouldn't bloom the following spring, so I was surprised when it did bloom this year.
tulips (though smaller than other years), daffodils, grape hyacinth, crocus and creeping phlox, but the mass of blue forget-me-nots I always get was limited to but a few. While there were as many plants as always, they were much smaller and less bushy than other years. Some bulbs need separated and moved, but part of the reason for the smaller, less bushy plants this spring was due to a lack of snow this winter (oh, we had snow of course, but very small amounts and nothing like we normally see). We also had a very early spring which saw tulips and crocus sprouting much too early, followed by frost, below freezing temperatures and snow, effectively damaging many of the early sprouters.