Asparagus, Daffodils and More

It’s an early spring here in Michigan. This week my husband noticed asparagus shoots popping up. I didn’t get any photos of it but I wanted to give a heads up to anyone living in our area who grows asparagus or hunts wild asparagus to watch for it. As I looked back over previous posts I noticed that in the past few years our asparagus has started coming around the last week of April or the first week in May so it’s two to three weeks early this year. I didn’t want anyone to miss out.

I did, however, get lots of photos of daffodils and some others things that are blossoming.

There is so much to love about daffodils.

They are a reliable, low maintenance, perennial.

They will grow in full sun

or wooded, wet, shady areas.

An early bloomer, they come in a variety of shades that say “Welcome to Spring”.

They also vary in size.

They continue to multiply each year so eventually they may need to be thinned by digging some up. The best time to dig the bulbs is in the fall. They can then be transplanted or given to friends.

They grow in harmony with other plants so keeping the area weed free is not really necessary.

We didn’t wait until fall to transplant these. Instead we dug them with a good size root ball (keeping the soil surrounding the roots/bulbs intact). We then dug a hole large enough for the entire root ball, placed the plant in the soil and filled in around it. You can see they brought some of their companions (mayapples) along with them.

Last but not least they top the list of being deer and rabbit resistant.

It’s kind of hidden amongst other plants but my primrose has more blossoms this year than it has since I first planted it. I am so happy with it that yesterday I picked up two more of these plants (one with purple blossoms and one with yellow) to keep this one company. (I should not be trusted in a store that sells garden plants. LOL!)

The forsythia have been in full boom for over a week now. It seems they are much earlier than last year because when I looked back through my photos my album from April 20, 2020 has photos of them beginning to blossom.

They create an impressive array as the backdrop for the pond. From a distance neighbors and passers-by enjoy the blast of color amidst the greens and browns that monopolize the landscape this time of year.

But walking along the berm surrounded by these brilliant yellow blossoms is an experience to behold. It felt like a natural high with my husband using the term uplifting to describe it while I found it breathtaking.

The cherry tree next to our deck began blossoming the week and while it’s delightful to see it is way too early. With snow and freezing temperatures in the forecast for next week we can expect a less than optimal cherry crop this year. I’m not ready to write it off completely though. I will hold out hope for a least one homemade cherry pie or crisp. πŸ™‚

Thanks for visiting. What’s blooming in your area?

31 thoughts on “Asparagus, Daffodils and More

    1. Yes…maybe… you first have to find it – which is not easy in the spring. You may also have to get permission from the property owner if it is on private property (which you do not own). πŸ™‚

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  1. I’m sorry to say I don’t have any early Spring perennials in my yard, though I see the four rosebushes made it through that Polar Vortex as has the two Lilac trees, though there buds have not opened. I hope they do not get destroyed from this impending snow (ugh). Around the ‘hood are the usual Hyacinths and Daffs. I went to the Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park today – they have planted their Spring containers and pots with cold-weather flowers and it looked very cheery and I took some photos of them. Once those die off, they’ll plant the Summer annuals in those pots/containers. (Not to rush the seasons, but … I wish Spring would just stay put.)

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    1. When my husband tried to get me some pansies from the wholesale greenhouse that he used to work for on the day after Easter they said they were completely sold out – even the ones that they would normally scrap. So on Friday when I was at Kroger I noticed they had some pansies (along with the primrose) so I bought three pansies and potted them for my front flower bed. It’s not as many as I have had the last two years but it does add a splash of color.
      Our lilacs and apples have a lot of buds but they are not open yet so I think/hope they will be okay through this weather set-back.

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      1. A block over from me, the guy always puts out his pansies in early Spring and they manage to live … I should get out and take a picture of them with the snow on them. I hope nothing is damaged by this cold and snow. WWJ says 3-6 inches; WXYZ’s Dave Rexroth says around 3 inches and Paul Gross at Click on Detroit just downgraded it for our area to 1-3 inches … I hope your trees are all in good shape afterward – my lilacs did not open yet; just looked at them this morning due to the impending storm.

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  2. Hey Ruth, well like you we have Daffs, Prims, Tulips, the Kecks are just starting to rise or better known as Cow’s Parsley, Wood anemones, Periwinkles, Cherry Blossoms are everywhere, Creeping Jenny these are the ones l am seeing where l go for my walks. The willowherbs are appearing, as are some of the deadnettles,mallow and a lot of others are slowly emerging throughout the wild parts of my walks around town. At home l have daffs and a couple of others l am yet to identify.

    My seedlings are just starting to come good as well, which l’ll write about later this week.

    Happy Spring πŸ™‚

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    1. Is this an early spring in your part of the world like i is for us or would you consider this normal?
      My husband started some tomato and pepper seeds indoors that are starting to pop up. We won’t plant them out for about six weeks because of fear of frost.
      Happy spring to you! 🌷

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      1. Our Spring has now started Ruth, so this is normal, l planted some seeds also two weeks ago, they are all indoors, but on the weekend and some more today l have started shifting them to pots. πŸ™‚

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      2. It is officially spring here too but spring weather here is unpredictable. This year we have had mostly above average temperatures so things are blossoming early. Starting tonight for the next three nights we will dip below freezing so we may lose some plants or fruits to that. Our average last frost date is not until the end of May so we will wait to plant anything that is not cold hardy outside.

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      3. Hey Ruth, it can be the same here in the UK, it’s not been that rare in the last twenty years to see frost even on summer mornings. Normally the last frost seen here in Kent are mid April to early May. I have seeds growing inside the house that are faring better than early spring seeds planted at the start of the month outside.

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  3. The mountains are bursting with blooms. Every day on my walk I see something new . Unfortunately this week my sinuses decided they don’t love spring as much as I do. πŸ™ƒ I am trying to decide where to put in an asparagus bed. I love fresh picked and haven’t found any growing wild here yet.

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    1. That’s my favorite part about spring -those new discoveries. πŸ™‚ The allergies not so much. Do you have stinging nettle in your area? Perhaps some tea made with the leaves would help. I usually don’t have problems until the cotton wood trees start dispersing their seeds.
      I’m going to harvest all of our small asparagus shoots tomorrow before the freezing temperatures so we don’t have to worry about covering them. They should begin to grow again towards the end of the week when things warm back up.

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      1. No, the stems are still really short, but the leaves are big and farther along than normal late May. Supposed to be snow on Wed!

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      2. We are expecting freezing temps Mon, Tues, and Wed nights. I will be cutting all of my asparagus shoots, even the small ones, so I don’t have to worry about covering them.

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  4. Ruth my daffodils bloomed so early many of them are done already! We are about 2-3 weeks ahead this year too. Tulips are just starting. I wish I had your problem with having to thin daffodils, as mine never seem to multiply!

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      1. I’ve tried various things, even tried buying more expensive bulbs from a pricey nursery. My gardener told me the other day to tie the leaves but I don’t know what the point of that is? My 80 bulbs that I bought last year were lovely this spring, (although they hardly made a dent in my big yard) but the older ones from a year or two ago eventually don’t come up at all….so not only do they not mulitple, they die out or might only have one or two flowers in a clump. I think it’s the clayish soil here.

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  5. Crabapple trees and redbuds are blooming in the NC mountains, well at our elevation, anyway. You can often see two different seasons by driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Near us is the highest point of that roadway going from here to Virginia.

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    1. Red buds are gorgeous when in bloom but my neighbors have become a problem for us. They scatter seed that sprout in places where they are not welcome then I have to remove them against their will.

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