spring balcony garden 2013

Last weekend, we bought a bag of compost at the Union Square Greenmarket. I thought it was a good time to lay down some nutrients for the plants as they were beginning to come out of the soil, sprout new foliage, and buds. The seller advised us to apply a half inch of compost to each planter.

Tulips springing forth

A week later, there were visible improvements to their development and growth. The tulips shot up some more. The planter with hyacinths and crocuses are more lush and green. The new growth of the irises are also doing well!

Crocus shoots and hyacinths

Mini rose bush

I also pruned back the mini rose bushes though left some tall stems because I could see potential growth. They too got a sprinkling of compost, which seemed to help with their foliage. Lots of new bright green leaves. I also didn’t notice anymore black aphids. I had sprayed all the roses neem oil based solution.

Mini rose bush

Unfortunately, it’s not all goods news. We lost a bunch of ‘Pauline’ dwarf irises last weekend and I believe it is due to a couple of factors over watering and/or the pot sitting in water, and apparently, they needed to be planted closer to the surface. I noticed the green shoots looked dry with yellowing tips. When I tugged on them, the shoots easily pulled away leaving a hole where it sprouted forth.

A couple of bulbs have not shot through the soil, which has me concerned. These are the Florentine tulips, delicate yellow tulips, and coral lilies. After searching online for other people who have experienced or have knowledge of growing these particular flowers, I learned that the florentine tulips may need a bit more sun and the coral lilies comes out later in the season. Well, I hope that is the case and I will see something in the near future.

The Japanese maples and peach tree loved the compost. The Beni Hime JM is doing especially well! It’s leaves are bright pink, almost fuchsia, and like delicate feathers unfurling. It’s really quite a pretty sight!

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The buds of the peach tree are showing their blushing pink color. They are ready to explode open! I’m looking forward to these blossoms opening soon!

Peach blossom buds

It won’t be long until the garden will be filled with color and sweet fragrance from the flowers.

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