My notes suggest I first planted these Wild Oats in 2008, and this spring, at last, they bloomed!

Uvularia sessilifolia

Its larger cousin, the Large-flower Bellwort is a reliable and beautiful early spring bloomer, year after year,  and I’ve been able to divide it and start a new clump in the street bed.

Uvularia grandiflora

Small pleasures: pasque flowers

I wait for the pasque flower each year with baited breath. Will it come up again this spring?   Will it bloom?  And will our dog eat the flower before we get to enjoy it?  There’s a wonderful set of children’s books about Henry and his dog,  Mudge. In one of them,  Henry and Mudge admire a beautiful blue flower together and then…Mudge eats it.  It does look delicious,  doesn’t it?

Pasque anemone

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day (May 11, 2012) at Mt. Auburn Cemetery

The folks at Mount Auburn Cemetery asked me to spread the word about their plans for  National Public Gardens Day, coming up on Friday, May 11, 2012:

“We have a whole day’s worth of activities planned to raise public awareness about the great community resources available in public gardens (Mount Auburn is classified not only as a public garden, but also as an arboretum, and is always free to the public). We’ll be offering a free Early Morning Horticulture Club walk at 7 AM, followed by a proclamation by the President of the Watertown Town Council. We’ll then launch our smartphone app which is loaded with free self-guided tours throughout the Cemetery, and then our President will lead a special horticultural  highlights tour emphasizing the diverse plant life in our landscape.”

More info is available here http://www.mountauburn.org/2012/nationalpublicgardensday/.

Hopefully the rain will end by Friday and we’ll have a beautiful day to celebrate our public gardens!

Plant Swaps – Spring, 2012

Here’s the info from the Mid-Cambridge Gardeners about their spring plant swap:

The Spring 2011 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP will be on Saturday May 12 (not May 5*), noon to 2 pm.  Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Saturday, May 19, 12-2. The Mid-Cambridge plant swap is at Fayette Park (near the corner of Broadway and Fayette St., across from former Longfellow School).

Bring anything that’s growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please do write down the names of plants.   We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, indoor plants, catalogs, pots, and lots of “whatever.”  Feel free to just come, chat with neighbors, talk gardening.

* Please note that this Plant Swap will happen a week later than usual.

Our plant swap, at the McMath Community Garden in North Cambridge, is now scheduled for the next day, on Sunday, May 20 (not May 13), from 2 – 4 p.m.   Come by and share your extra plants or pick up a free plant from another gardener!

Plant Swap Today!

I’m hosting a neighborhood plant swap today with the coordinator of the McMath Community Garden (just across the commuter rail tracks). I was out digging up and dividing a bunch of perennials yesterday and plan to do some more today. I hope I’ll have some plant takers!

If you live in the North Cambridge area, please come by to share your extra plants, or pick up some free plants – or just encourage us! We’ll be out from 2 – 4 p.m.

A Visit from a Wild Turkey

We’ve had a wild turkey visiting Cambridge Cohousing for the last three days.  One of my neighbors spotted it early Weds. morning, enjoying some bird seed under a bird feeder in the middle of our front lawn.  It’s now taken to wandering around our front lawn and patio, sitting in a large planter in front of our dining room – which does kind of look like exactly the right size for a turkey nest, now that I think about it!

These photos are by Richard Curran, a talented photographer who is also one of my Cambridge Cohousing neighbors.  (BTW, you can see more photos of his at the North Cambridge Open Studios this weekend.)

And a neighbor from next door came over and shot this short video of our wildlife star:

The turkey is not our only recent wildlife visitor.  I put my hand into a heath plant yesterday afternoon and surprised a small snake.  Last week, my husband surprised a possum in one of our compost bins.  Of course, in both cases, the surprise was mutual.

Festival Floralia on Sunday, May 1st

Not part of my garden journal, per se, but aligned with all of the things I write about here (native perennial gardening in Massachusetts, and Cambridge in particular):

Grow Native Massachusetts is sponsoring a May Day festival with fine food and wine, friends and flowers. It is both a fundraising event for this worthy organization and an opportunity to buy native plants at great prices.  Details on their website, here: http://www.grownativemass.org/programs/festivalfloralia