Almost Spring

It is almost Spring. Even though we had snow several days ago, the plants in our yard are telling me it is almost Spring.

My body also tells me winter is passing. It is difficult for me to tolerate the cold, so not much time was spent in the yard this winter, hence the lack of posts to this blog for a while.

The weather was beautiful here today- a lovely spring like day. It was good day for working in the yard  and for wandering around to enjoy the landscape. Both working in the yard and taking pictures of the yard provide me with excuses to spend time admiring nature.


helleborus bloom

The modest green blooms of the helleborus will soon give way to seeding and be out-shined by the brighter colors of spring blooming flowers in the yard.

daffodil bloom

One of the first plants to bloom in our yard is the daffodil, providing bright splashes of yellow scattered around the yard.

pieris andromeda

The Pieris Andromeda is just starting to bloom. This clump of flowers is one of the first to open on the bush. They have charming bell shaped pendulous racemes.

Jordan's Pride camillia bloom

Our Jordan’s Pride camellia got a severe pruning  last year, so I was surprised to see that it had any blooms on it this year.

tulip leaves

Tulip leaves are up. I have no idea what color the flowers will be, so it will be a nice surprise when they come up. One of the tulip leaves had to be rescued from an oak leaf. The leaf had grown through a hole in the oak leaf and was constricting the tulip leaf.

mums spring growth

The dormant perennials in the container garden are starting to leaf out. The mums in the large pot are first. Years ago, when these mums were purchased, we did not know if they would survive winter here, but they return each year and provide a nice display of white blooms. The hostas in the long planter are just tiny little tips that were too difficult to photograph.

lily seedlings

In the pot around a sedum plant, I planted bulbils collected from our Tiger Lilies. These were planted last year and they have just sprouted. They will probably have to be transplanted from the pot sometime this spring. Otherwise they will hide the sedum.

Today, I looked for and found Spring in our yard. I also found plenty of yardwork that needs to be done. This was the third day of cutting back liriope, which has to be done by hand and is not yet done.

The next garden project will be planting some gladiolus bulbs in pots. I’m thinking of layering them with other bulb to have an extended blooming time.


Rain Dance

rain dance

In the picture above, I was sitting at my computer when I noticed the rain dancing on the patio table top and had to take a picture of it.

It has rained quite a bit lately. The ground is soggy when it is not frozen like this morning. With being busy with indoors activities, the weather not making it very welcoming to work in the garden and a sore elbow, I have not been out in the yard much this winter. Usually, this time of year, I like to work on mulching the yard. My partial pile of wood chips will have to wait until the weather and elbow are both cooperating.

Meanwhile, I can still prowl around the yard with the camera on nice days and on other days enjoy the views from indoors.

One of my goals in designing a yard garden was to create interesting scenes from different points of view. I considered how it looks from: the road as people pass by, each of my next door neighbors’ view, every window in our house, and from afoot when walking around the yard.

On the days that I stay in, I am glad there is always a nice view of the garden from any window in our house.

Too Much Rain!

flooded back walkway

flooded back walkway

It is starting to thunder outside. A storm is rolling in. We had rain last night so the ground has not dried out yet. That means what rain we get will not soak into the waterlogged ground.

The picture above shows what our back walkway looked like during a rain a few days ago. Normally, this is a well drained area that does not have standing water, even during a rain. I expect it will look like that again this evening.

We have had so much rain this summer that I have been unable to keep up with the weeds, even with my husband doing most of the weeding. Yesterday, while we had sun in the morning and before the day started to heat up,  I started a pile of weeds and bush trimmings. I had to dig up lots of volunteer trees and bushes. The good part about the ground being wet rather than rock hard dry from a drought- it is much easier to dig and pull weeds.

Flowers After Rain

bee balm after rain

bee balm after rain

cleome after rain

cleome after rain

weigela shibori after rain

weigela shibori after rain

There is something magical about flowers covered in raindrops.