We've been enjoying some lovely spring weather the last few weeks and our gardens had just started waking up.This is the front garden between the front door and the garage. Showing off now are flowering magnolias, candytuft, daffodils, grape hyacinths, peonies and columbines.
The front berm includes the crabapple tree and lilacs blooming.
We had a replacement added recently. A deer used one of the crabapple trees to sharpen his antlers and severely injured the bark. The tree did not survive the winter. I love the looks of Japanese maples so we added this beauty! We've had lots of rain and mild temperatures so I'm hoping it gets a good start and feels happy here. Note: we added a little barrier to protect it from our deer neighbors.
The peonies have grown very quickly and are just preparing to bloom!
I just love our blooming crabapple tree in the spring! The bees love it, too! They were really working and the whole tree literally buzzing.
I was so disappointed when we lost one earlier this year.
I added some new peonies to the edge of our yard behind the house. Last year I added native hydrangeas (Annabelle) and some lilies that needed to be divided. They are all coming back but thought adding color earlier than these bloomers would be nice. These new peonies are just starting to come up.Clematis that were planted last year are also getting ready to bloom, too! I forgot which color I planted where so it will be fun to watch them blossom!
Wednesday, we had an unexpected snow and two nights of freezing temperatures. Our gardens had just started waking up so out came all of the spare sheets and old table clothes to cover our tender vegetation!Temperatures during the day, even though it snowed, hovered around 36 degrees F so I took the freeze coverings off so they wouldn't get wet; didn't think the peonies would appreciate wet, frozen blankets. I'm happy to report all efforts were successful!! The peonies made it and so has everything else! The lilacs, the crabapple, columbine, hydrangeas, magnolias all are still blooming and look quite proud that they braved our 'winter in April!'
The weather is going to be much warmer this week (70s and 80s) and I'll say we have had our last killing frost. We'll be planting the rest of our garden veggies. Time to get busy!!
Thanks for stopping by and I'm wishing you a blessed week!