A Day of Firsts

No surprise, things are changing rapidly in my spring garden. The woods at the back of my property are suddenly green, and I can barely see the homes on the other side anymore. All around our community, I see the changes; more about that in a later post.

Today was special. The first blossoms on my Encore azaleas in the garden opened. I see others further along around town, but this tells me that mine made it through the winter and are ready to be beautiful. The first green buds are showing on the vitex, and the first bluebells are opening.

Today was special. The first Ruby Throated hummingbird showed up at the feeder.


Each year I expect the first hummers to arrive on the 11th of April, males sent ahead to scout out sources of food and places to nest. I’ve had the feeder ready for a week. This little guy may be a few days early, but he obviously likes my sugary mix. He is stopping by about every five minutes.

Another not so special first: Today I slapped the first mosquito on my leg.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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3 Responses to A Day of Firsts

  1. bittster says:

    To me looking at my snowdrops and first hellebores, this seems so early, but I guess they’re right on schedule.
    I see your summer plantings in the background. Yellow and blue are a great combo!


  2. johnvic8 says:

    It’s clear, isn’t it, that where we live determines our schedule. There really is not much variance year to year, but I can’t help but feel anxious when things don’t happen on MY schedule.


  3. The first hummingbird is definitely a special sighting each spring. We’ve been enjoying bees nearly as big as hummingbirds following us around the garden this week, but haven’t seen an actual hummingbird… yet. We grow Petunias, Fuchsias and Geraniums to entice them to the deck. We were ahead of you with the mosquitoes, sadly- they’ve been around here for a few weeks already. My “first” this weekend was the first tick bites. Now, we know to be careful from here on. Cheers! WG


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