A blooming tomato plant and volunteer seedlings.

I just planted the vegetable garden a week ago but one tomato plant already is blooming! It has been very warm and moist and everything has grown rapidly.

The viburnums are blooming, too!

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Each Spring many volunteer seedlings germinate in the small lawn along the street. This year there were many monkey grass seedlings and a few spiderworts. I will replant them in a better location.

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This morning I will recharge with a bagel toasted in olive oil and thyme with a little tahini!

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And an iced mocha latte

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And head down to a few garden shops before coming back and working in the yard and garden!

x

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End of the Spring pollen season!

There was a cold snap last night and the temperatures reached a low of 33f but nothing looks damaged.

The good news is that while looking for cold damage this morning I did see the fallen pollen stamen of the pine and sweet gum trees. This means that the Spring pollen season is coming to an end! The upper anther is of the Sweet Gum and the lower, is the pine anther.

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In the vegetable garden the arugula and lettuce seeds have begun to germinate.

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And the Paulownia tees are blooming and dropping flowers!

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In the front yard there are large patches of old-fashioned ajuga blooming. These have green leaves and the former owner of the house, Ruby, probably had a bed out there.

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Also, a few of the German Irises have begun to bloom!

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Hopefully, last night’s threat of frost was the last! I am going to pretend it was and go about my gardening business!

xxx

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Finally, rain to water in the vegetable garden and wash away the pollen!

Finally, after a week of warm weather and an onslaught of pine and oak pollen we are receiving rain!

Pollen has covered everything and has played havoc with my allergies. Sinus headache, an upset stomach, and a hay-fever attack have all visited me during the past week .

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So much is growing and blooming I don’t know where to begin!

Ferns:

Ghost Fern ( Athyrium ‘Ghost’)

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Kerria climbing up into the Southern Magnolia.

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Kwanzan Cherry

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And the vegetable garden!

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I also had the chance last week to visit Sarah P Duke Gardens at Duke University in Durham :

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and The North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill:

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And the annual Spring open garden on a The North Carolina Executive Mansion’s grounds (the governor’s mansion) :

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Thank goodness it has begun to rain which will clear the air of pine and oak pollen, water in the vegetable garden, and ease my allergies!

Xxx

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