Friday, May 7, 2010

Summer Comes Earlier to my Front Yard

fertilizer Friday I live in zone 4, but the microclimate in my front yard is almost zone 5. Which means that I can plant the same varieties in my front yard and back yard and they will flower earlier in the front yard. It also means that autumn comes later to my front yard. Why do I tell share this? Because  every time I saw lilacs last week, I lamented that mine were weeks away from flowering. I was, of course, referring to the bushes in the backyard that I walk past every day on the way to the garden and pasture. I completely forgot about the bushes in the front yard:May 2010 023 Here is a close up of the flowers:May 2010 034

This is what the flowers look like in the backyard:May 2010 041It will be a while before they open. However, I promise to stop whining about it. I think I am going to spend more time in my front yard, focusing on all the flowers that are in bloom, rather than impatiently waiting for the ones that aren’t!

Do you have microclimates on your property? Do you notice a difference in how plants of the same variety grow in different locations on your property?

To view flowers in different zones, some on the same property, visit Flaunt Your Flowers Friday at Tootsie Time.


Noel Morata said...


beautiful lilacs, i can almost smell those blooms

Unknown said...

I love the lilacs, and yes I have microclimates on my property as well. My hosta in the front yard start poping up and blooming much earlier than my backyard. Thanks for stopping by,I am running late this week getting back to everyone.
Had a chance to take a peak at your other blog tonight, great ideals! Talk later.

Beth said...

Your lilac season is extended. When some are done blooming, the other bush begins...lilacs for your pleasure for weeks...lucky you!

Alea Milham said...

What a wonderful way of looking at it!

Tootsie said...

I need a microclimate like that! your flaunt this week was wonderful...I can't wait to smell the lilacs in my garden!
I am so glad you have joined in on FF this week...thank you. I hope you will share with my meme again soon!
Spring is finally showing herself here and I get to start hardening off my flowers this soon I will have something growing outside too!

Avalon's Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

Lilacs are so wonderful to have!! Yours are Beautiful! The scent is just this side of Heaven!