Fa-la, 'tis May, the merry month of May! That naughty month where everyone goes blissfully astray!"
Sorry; we couldn't help bursting into song, because with the onset of May, Northern New Mexico gardeners are reassured that spring is finally here at last.
May's the month for final winter garden cleanup, purchasing necessary hardscaping, repairing and replacing tools, preparing plant beds and containers, starting seeds, hardening off plants you've been growing indoors for outside use, and — particularly after May 10, the last official frost date for the Santa Fe area — planting, planting, planting!
There are lots of happy activities vying for our attention this month, so let's dive right in ...
Daylilies* (Hemerocallis) are hardy, summer blooming perennials (which means they come back year after year). It may look wrong, but the preferred spelling is "daylily" as one word., even though many dictionaries spell it as two words. The word Hemerocallis is derived from two Greek words meaning "beauty" and "day," referring to the fact that each flower lasts only one day. To make up for this, there are many flower buds on each daylily flower stalk, and many stalks in each clump of plants, so, the flowering period of a clump is usually several weeks long.
Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, fruit trees always have something special to offer.
Spring: delicate white or pink blossoms. Summer: the main attraction — fruit! Fall: gorgeous leaves of gold and red. Winter? Yes! Birds use them for perches and for food (crab apples have small fruits in fall/winter).
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