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Last year vs this year (hint: this year wins big)

Wednesday 31 March 2010 - Filed under Plants

Most years by this time, I have started to lose my mind a little, waiting for the return of the leaves. I thought maybe this year, either by keeping busy, planting more evergreens, or having matured as a gardener, I had found that mythical patience we are supposed to have. However, it might simply be that spring is here early. Looking back at the start of April last year vs. this year, I’m a good month ahead of schedule in the yard, both in terms of growth, and on spring cleanup. A few comparisons below, last year on the left, this year on the right.

Woodland peony

Peony peony

Acer Palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’

acer palmatum 'sango kaku' acer palmatum 'sango kauku'

Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)

plume poppy Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)


gunnera Gunnera

Akebia quinata (wow)

fence with akebia akebia quinata

A wider view of the back yard

back yard back yard

Another back yard shot, still need some patience to see this fill in, but still well ahead of last year

back yard back yard

2010-03-31  »  megan

Talkback x 8

  1. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    31 March 2010 @ 6:54 am

    This is a good idea, recording the garden scene from year to year. I’m always sure there’s nothing out there thru the dreary months, even though I spent a million dollars. Wait a minute, I see ferns popping up, carex, euphorbia, humulus lupulus “Aureas’–oh, and the stewartia my neighbor gave me is looking fabulous. Nevermind. I gotta go have a look around.

  2. Loree / danger garden
    31 March 2010 @ 8:52 am

    I was recently thinking the very same thing. Looking back on the early days of danger garden and what was going on then, vs. now. The hosta are most surprising for me, they are so far along already and usually such late comers. You must be very happy with the Akebia quinata, I know I would be…but how’s your neighbor handling it? My gunnera looks like yours from last year…but on the bright side at least it’s alive!

    Great comparisons!

  3. Janet
    31 March 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    I wonder if it is the weather or if they plants are another year mature and have a stronger root system? At least a small combo of both. Great comparisons.

  4. Grace
    31 March 2010 @ 10:55 pm

    Megan~~ I don’t know if I’ve ever seen your backyard before. I like it a lot! Your comparisons are very telltale.

  5. steve. UK
    1 April 2010 @ 6:37 am

    I’ve been comparing digital photos of my garden from this time last year and it’s exactly the opposite on this side of the Atlantic in the UK.

    I’m about a month behind on everything compared to last year. My Gunnera and Macleaya cordata at the moment are looking exactly like yours of last year. We have had a very cold and long winter over here. Fortunately, everything seems to be on it’s way now.

  6. ricki - sprig to twig
    2 April 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    Had a hunch…thanks for the evidence.

  7. Sharon Lovejoy
    3 April 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    I LOVE YOUR ZONE DENIAL! Keep it up.

    (I was in Portland last week and had packed spring clothes, but brrrrrrr)

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  8. ricki - sprig to twig
    5 April 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    When we were at the Rhody sale on Sat, we were told that most of the blooms on display would not have opened until Mother’s Day in a normal year.