Connecticut gardeners still need to be aware of night temperatures. Tender annuals, such as impatiens, coleus, and morning glories, and tender vegetables, like the eggplant shown here, do not like temperatures in the low 40’s. It was 38 degrees to my south-central gardens the morning of June 1.
This is an unusually chilly spring and it’s best to not become complacent – overnight cover with an overturned basket or an old sheet may be all that’s needed to protect tender plants.
Our baby robins are getting closer to flying off on their own. I don’t see how they can get much bigger and still fit in their nest. These, nested in a rhododendron, should be fledged by the time the blooms have passed and need deadheading. Spring blooming shrubs are best pruned immediately after they flower, so now’s the time to deadhead and prune lilacs that are finished with thier annual show.
Stamford, Connecticut recently held a Sustainability Expo. Read Debbie’s current and future posts on what she learned and had re-confirmed there. Also check out the info on the plant swap planned for June 6 in New Canaan, Connecticut. You may find perennials that become anchors in your garden. Over the years, I’ve managed to fill my gardens with finds from similar local events. The cranesbill and iris pictured above were two of my most prolific finds … I started with one small clump of each, but over the years have divided both plants to the point that they offer spectacular shows in the early spring.
Have you stretched your gardening dollars with plants from local sales and swaps? Do tell!