Monday, May 17, 2021

Spring Is Busting Out All Over!

Spring in our neck of the woods has been slow to commit.  We've had rather cool temperatures and plenty of moisture during most of April and May.  If you read my last post, we even had some unexpected snow late last month.  The upcoming weekly forecast is for more rain but warmer temperatures and as we are in the middle of May, I'm hoping for more enjoyable outdoor time!

The gardens are really starting to blossom and bloom.  My mother used to love springtime best, and I find myself looking forward to it more and more every year!

Join me on a little walk around the house.  Let's start in my Secret Garden.

The hostas have really grown quickly.  Here is the east side of the Secret Garden.
The west side...

I enjoy this big bed of bronze-colored iris every year.  I received a start of these from my mom years ago.  Earlier this year, I shared some with a friend who remembered Mom.  Her starts bloomed this spring and she sent me a picture.  What a nice way to share Mom's 'green thumb!'  
Another storm approaches..

Several pictures from the back of the house.  This lavender colored clematis fades to white as the blooms age. 
One of two variegated weigela with pink blooms.
Sallie is surveying my kitchen herb garden.  What do you do with the space containing a satellite dish??  Since it's off the grilling porch, I grow my herbs here along with dianthus and a couple of small spirea.

The peonies are just getting ready to bloom and I hope the rain doesn't ruin the blossoms.

The front bed is filling in nicely with perennials.  I add fewer annuals each year.  The flowering magnolia, hydrangea and boxwoods form the foundation plants and a variety of smaller plants take turns blooming.  

The columbine in the front bed has really grown this year and the alliums have, too.

The false indigo is so pretty when it blooms but I always cut off the seed pods after they form.  If I didn't, they would really take over! 

I'm trying a new color combo for the planters on either side of the front door. 

The front berm is highlighted now with the blooming ninebark and purple salvia.

I have to share these adorable pictures my SIL took of little Jack watching the farmer put in his crops next to their house this weekend.

As you can see,  Jack was inspired to "help," too!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you have a beautiful week in your neighborhood!



Kim said...

Zenda, how quickly your garden has flourished, filling in all the bare patches of earth. Goodness, your mum's irises have multiplied fabulously. How lovely to share some of these with your friend. The false indigo is a pretty splash of purple....or is it blue?? I love a flower that spreads everywhere. I am a wee bit envious of your peonies. Mine hasn't done too well the last couple of seasons. Yours are beautiful. I hope the rain hasn't hampered your peonies from flowering; that would be such a shame. As I sit here looking out at my 'almost winter' plot of earth your floralicious happy place has brought a smile to my day. As has your sweet 'farmer Jack. Enjoy your week in you little piece of paradise, lovely Zenda.

Alycia Nichols said...

Man, oh man!!! You’ve got some fabulous landscaping going on there!!! I can’t seem to get my husband to tell the difference between weeds and flowers!🥺 As aggressively as I plant them each Spring, he seems to eliminate at least some of them the following early Spring as he cleans out flower beds. So aggravating!!! I’m hoping to someday achieve full, lush beds like yours in more than just one area of the yard.😆 As for the rain...looks like it’s gonna hang around for another few days!🙄

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Oh your flowers and plants are all so beautiful! Love the iris and that you were able to share them. The hostas look wonderful. I just adore peonies. Mine haven’t begun to form the flowers yet but are coming up nicely. Those pics of your grandson on his John Deere with the real one in the background are priceless!

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Creations By Cindy said...

How beautiful is your secret garden! have a green thumb for sure. My plants and flowers seem to be struggling this year. Rain, Cold, hot and well...Florida for sure! Loving the pictures of baby Jack. Hope that you are doing well dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Thanks for the lovely tour around the outside of your home. I love all of the pretty flowers and plants. I hope you have a nice week.

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