Sorry for the bad paraphrase in the title, but it seems to perfectly capture my mixed feelings about this spring. All the area plants seem to be popping out much too early and much too quickly...yet I can't help but enjoy this gorgeous weather as well as the colorful, glorious blooms and fresh, green foliage that are so abundant everywhere!
Looking at this photo, shot towards the road, down our driveway, I feel like I can see both the best and worst of this spring. Or maybe I should say that I can see the best of this year and the effects of the worst of last year.
The Willem van Oranje (1933) tulips are absolutely stunning this year, as is the clump of daffodils (whose variety name I've forgotten) beside them. Both are heirlooms - I'll have to find my invoice from Old House Gardens several years ago to figure out the daffodil name, as the name plate I put beside the clump has weathered beyond legibility. (I've got to figure out a better way of marking my plant varieties!)
Anyway, back to my original thoughts....
Across the driveway from the bed housing the tulips and daffodils, overflowing the "frame" formed by the square of the metal crossbars of the old fence, are the remnants of a huge, wild clump of asparagus and a large, formerly gorgeous, dark pink rugosa rose. Both remnants need to be completely cut back. As far as I can tell, the asparagus completely succumbed last summer - I have not seen any sign of life yet this spring. The rugosa rose has a few little sprigs of green - basically 3 small shoots of growth - so it's not completely gone, but it will be years before it regains its former glory, if it ever does.
None of my "best" and "worst" plants in this post are native to south-central Kansas. In fact, none are native to the North American continent. Perhaps that explains the death of the asparagus and the near-death of the rose in last summer's heat and drought. Certainly I'm feeling horrible about my decision not to water the outlying beds last year, although I also don't see how I could have decided otherwise, given our reliance on a solitary well for both the house and the yard.
We've had weeks of 70 and 80 degree weather now. Tomorrow is only April 1st. What is the rest of the year going to bring us as far as temperatures and rainfall? Not having a crystal ball, I can't begin to predict...but I can hope. And, meanwhile, I can enjoy.
Oh, and the daffodils? Looking back to earlier years, the daffodils are a variety known as Conspicuus, introduced to the trade in 1869. They were considered to be "...one of the pioneering achievements of the Victorian daffodil renaissance" according to the Old House Gardens catalog description. They certainly are conspicuous this year!