Sunday, March 17, 2013
Signs of Spring
In the fall of 1998 I finished xeriscaping our front yard with buffalo grass and drought tolerant plants. Everything planted will survive Utah's 16 inches of rainfall each year although I usually water the grass once a week in July and August to help keep it green. Knowing that buffalo grass (native to the high plains of the United States) does not green up in the spring as fast as water hungry Kentucky blue grass, I decided to plant some bulbs beneath the grass to add a little color in early spring. The first flowers to blossom are the snowdrops (above) followed by yellow, purple and white (in that order) crocuses. Later come the faster spreading grape hyacinths--the green mounds in the two photos below.
This year the deer sure enjoyed my miniature mugo pines on the left of the photo. Last year it was my poor blue Atlas cedar.