The Spring Garden is Amazing – More bees, please!

Greetings!  Time to take a walk through my beautiful, organic Spring garden.

It was a hard winter – for roses and bees.  Normally my crabapple would have been alive and buzzing, but nary a bee did I see this spring.  It’s done blooming now, and I’m just starting to see a few bees here and there – not nearly as many as in past years.  Very sad.  I hope the human race gets a clue before it’s too late!

The old roses and species roses are all leafy and green.  The hybrids are all attempting to leaf out from their very bottom branches and graft points.  Thank Heaven for Rose de Rescht, Darlow’s Enigma, Apothecary Rose and the Rugosas!   Not sure how the others will recover.  Next year I’ll add 12″ of mulch around each rose bush.

Here are images of what is blooming now, in early May, in my gardens:

Pulsatilla is STILL blooming after 3 weeks!
As long as I deadhead, this plant continues to bloom.

An early blooming anemone! Very vigorous. Grows well with Plumbago and Campanula.

From the front sidewalk, you see the Anemone along with Basket of Gold and Catmint. LOVE!

Purple Mullein (Verbascum weidemannianum) – so beautiful!  And Medicinal!

Erodium chrysanthum (Golden Storksbill) – Putting on quite a show this year! LOVE!
Must have very well drained soil, so I added a generous amount of pea gravel to the soil.

Closeup of Erodium. Such a beautiful pale yellow.

Lovely purple Ajuga with Norton’s Gold Oregano.  Later, the oregano greens, then blooms with pink flowers.

I’m considering planting these peach miniature iris next to the Lipstick Fragaria.

The first wave of violets came on quickly this year. LOVE!

Bitter Root in full bloom. Continues for several weeks.
One of my all time favorite plants that requires well-drained soil.

The upper garden is mostly a summer garden.. The exception being this new amazing allium
growing behind the two veronicas and the Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)

Love these two Veronicas with the Candytuft!

Closeup of these stunning allium. I’m keeping all the seed for myself!

The first Saponaria flowers of the season.
Soon the entire plant will be covered in these little beauties.

The Blue Mallow is just getting started, but still quite large
(That’s my size 7 foot there).

Lots of other herbs and flowers coming on, including Verbascum canadensis, Echinacea paradoxa, E. tennesseensis, E. angustifolia, and E. pallida.  Looking forward to sages, clematis, hollyhocks,geraniums, penstemons, roses, oreganos, skullcap, prunella, passiflora and many others – which I will share with you!

I’m available for garden consults, redesigns, and plant recommendations, and I will be selling my herbs and herbal products on Etsy!

Be well, and happy gardening!


About Sarah Wadleigh

I am a Clinical Herbalist, Organic Gardener and Nutritional Consultant for people and companion animals. I live in Madrid, New Mexico with my wonderful husband, two little dogs and a big cat. My practice revolves around helping people create health through whole-food nutrition, nutritive herbs, lifestyle and self-awareness. With more than 20 years of experience as an animal nutritional counselor, I offer consultations to improve the health and well-being of our four-legged friends, as well as their humans. We can work together via Skype, in person,or over the phone. Let's create health for ourselves and our animal companions! Contact:
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