Maybe the calendar says mid-April, but the current weather in New England does not shout "Go plant!" Nevertheless, the plant orders have started to arrive. Last week, a box of Iris versicolor came from Lilypons. Yesterday, it was dahlias from Lobaugh's. Today, Swan Island Dahlias is sending plants.
Okay, who is planting dahlias this early in Zone 6? One of my favorite old references, "The Complete Book of Garden Magic" by Roy E. Biles (1947), advises against an early rush to plant dahlias. Isn't that a job for May?
And I guess that I'll wait for the snow, sleet, and rain forecast for tomorrow to disappear before putting those irises in. Right?