Landscape & Gardening

Spring Bolters

The pansies look like they're screaming for help.
The pansies look like they’re screaming for help.

The Peacock Kale and Giant Red Mustard plants have exploded up and out. If you want to, refer to this previous post to see how they looked when newly planted. Since these photos were taken, the kale has started to fall over, and the pansies have been suffocated to death. With the steadily increasing temperatures, there is nothing to do but to relegate them to the compost heap or maybe eat them. This will leave me with a pockmarked garden until the summer annuals arrive at our local nurseries. That should be a month away, and in the mean time, I refuse to fill in the voids with short term spring color. For me, that’s a waste of my money and my time.

(above) Since this photo was taken, a lot of the pansies have succumbed to the past two weeks of mid eighties temperature. Notice the Louisiana Iris shooting up, and this is after I chopped it down twice during the winter.
(above) Since this photo was taken, a lot of the pansies have succumbed to the past two weeks of mid eighties temperature. Notice the Louisiana Iris shooting up, and this is after I chopped it down twice during the winter.
(above) Mustard and kale with my one and only Camellia shrub blooming behind them.
(above) Mustard and kale with my one and only Camellia shrub blooming behind them.
(above) Notice the Lenten Rose on the left. Its red-blue color complements the Giant Red Mustard and kale plantings.
(above) Notice the Lenten Rose on the left. Its red-blue color complements the Giant Red Mustard and kale plantings.
(above) Another view of the Lenten rose, mustard, and kale grouping.
(above) Another view of the Lenten rose, mustard, and kale grouping.

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