Thank G-d spring is here! After the week I’ve had, I need some of the symbolism of spring to keep me going. It’s nice to be able to look outside your window and see things greening up and pushing through– even nicer to be able to go out with a camera when the sun is setting and catch some good light. I’m one of those people who get so anxious for the growing season that when things start to sprout I go out and check on their progress almost every day. Last summer and fall we did a lot of planting, but because of the awful drought we had I wasn’t sure what was going to come back this year. Here’s this year’s roll call!
I did the most planting in this bed, which is right in the front of the house, so I am really impatient for everything to bloom here so I can see the effect of all my choices and work.
I was especially happy when I saw this plant coming up because I’d completely forgotten that I’d planted lily bulbs last year when I got some in an Easter planter. I don’t remember what color these were, so it will be a nice surprise when they bloom.
Here’s a plant that my aunt gave me last year. It’s supposed to be drought resistant (so it was one of the few that did well last year) and it gets yellow flowers. I don’t know what it’s called (maybe my aunt does?), but I know that she had to divide her plants up last year and gave some to me and my younger sister, so hopefully that means it’s also a fast grower!
I wasn’t sure what to do with this plant, lavender, because it’s new from last year too and I wasn’t sure how it was going to grow back… do I cut it back or leave it alone? Looks like the old growth is greening up from the ground, so I’m glad I didn’t cut anything back. Lavender smells great, so of course I planted three of these!
I’ve got three of these ornamental grasses planted, and I’m trying to remember what kind I bought… I think it was called “Heavy Metal.” I wanted these to act as a kind of curtain that will set the stage for all the flowers in front of them, so I hope they get taller and wider than last year. I think they will, since they’re in the ground instead of root bound in a pot.
And THIS is one of my very very very favorites: a lilac bush. It’s going to bloom soon, as you can see. We’ve got this one in front and another in back, both different varieties. I absolutely love the smell of lilacs, so I plan on planting many more of these in the back yard.
Here’s another new plant that I put in this fall when everything was half off at the nursery. It’s a Russian Sage and I love the purple blooms it gets.
And here’s the crowning glory, my beautiful flowering tree. We believe all the trees in our yard are all flowering ornamental cherries. Whatever they are, I wish they looked like this all year!
Here’s the other flower bed in the front of the house.
It’s got a nest evergreen up front and two other kinds of bushes that were here when we moved in. Luckily, we thought they looked great, so we kept them. In the back you can see three smaller plants- these will be awesome come June. They are giant aliums, a part of the onion family, that have huge round flowering heads that stand on extremely long stems. I think they’re supposed to get at least 2 feet tall. I can’t wait to see these.
I also found these coming up just today:
Just kidding, I put these in today after waiting all winter with them in the closet. I love these mushrooms! I got them last year at a big craft show, Fall Diddley, that my family in Illinois goes to every year.
Here’s the bed on the side of the house. This bed is the most reliable and never needs any watering. I didn’t plant any of these, but this bed needed a lot of love when we moved in. All the beds were filled with ROCKS. I can never understand why anyone would ever put ROCKS in a flower bed!!! Beside the fact that they are ugly, they keep your plants from thriving! Since the rocks came out (after a whole summer of me digging them up), these plants have really started to shine. The bushes on either end are burning bushes that will turn bright red in the fall.
Here’s a flower bed in the backyard. It’s got two kinds of daisies and Black Eyed Susans. AND it’s got some new visitors!
There’s one flower that blooms year round! I love these recycled material garden decorations. They are also from the craft show, fall diddley, and are one-of-a-kind. When I bought them it probably took me 20 minutes to pick out just the right ones. I think I did pretty well, if I do say so myself. I especially love the light bulb bug. I’m hoping he and his buddy will help keep Truman and Finnegan out of the way and keep them from trampling my flowers.
Speaking of, here’s what those guys were up to while I was snapping shots of my garden:
Those clowns. They are so fast my camera can’t keep up with them. Only until they settled down, that is:
I spent a lot of time outside today. Before I took all these pictures I mowed the lawn and raked up some old leaves from last fall. I love working outside, but I am not excited about this looming project:
We got this blue spruce last summer for $10. It wasn’t looking good, but we thought if it got in the ground, got watered and fertilized regularly that it would make it. Well, it was a nice try I guess, but no luck. This thing is deader than dead and needs to come up because it’s quite an eye-sore. Ugggh. It will probably have to wait until I can rope Brian into helping me.
Obviously, my seedlings are doing much better than the spruce. They’re about 3-5″ tall now and all we’re waiting for is the threat of frost to pass and then I’ll get these out in the sun. Hopefully that’s sooner rather than later because my Aerogarden’s lamp is as up as high as it goes and I don’t want these growing up into the lamp and burning. It should only be a couple of weeks at the most- I’ll update when these go in… which means I’ll be direct sowing my beans, cuckes and squash at the same time. Can’t wait!