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Just as there are indoor and outdoor cats, there are indoor and outdoor rosemary plants. In their natural outdoor state they grow, thrive and perfume the air on the rocky cliffs and hillsides of Greece and the south of France, where ample sun warms the volatile oils in their needlelike leaves.
This dynamic and compressed early spring has brought a concentration of long-awaited blossoms and bulbs but also an epic confluence of weeds.
Winter annuals usually have gone out with a bang by late April; this year they have saved their fireworks for the arrival of such spring nuisances as the wild onion, the common blue violet and the dandelion.
The first sweet corn of the season, hot and buttered, is already in my sights as I shuffle through the seed packets, noting which crops I can sow now and hurry along for an early harvest. Traditionally, corn is not one of them. Usually direct-sown in the ground, it will grow fine in cool soil as low as 50 degrees. But here’s the problem: It won’t germinate happily until the soil is at least 65 degrees or better.
Daffodil season lasts about a month, give or take. This is good, because daffodils have a way of mesmerizing gardeners.
“If it was for 12 months, you’d go crazy,” said Karen Cogar, a daffodil fancier whose ornamental and woodland garden in Alexandria is awash at the moment with choice varieties beyond popular comprehension.