Category Archives: spring

A Rose is a Rose is a Tulip

A lovely close up shot of a beautiful rose…
But wait,
Back up a bit….

 

Now it’s a tulip!

When shopping for fall bulbs last year, I opted for these beauties instead of the standard tulip.
I glad I did. I love them! They are “Angelique”, a late double tulip. 

Mini Daffodils

Finally, flowers! Last fall I rushed around at the last minute, digging bulbs into the flower beds like a mad woman. I’m sure the neighbors are now convinced that I’m a little strange. But my strangeness has paid off and I now have splashes of color, albeit mostly yellow, around the house.
It’s not as many as I’d like to have. I want to recreate the glossy magazine photos where the flowers form carpets of color throughout the gardens.
Someday I’ll get there. I’ll add more bulbs again this fall- I’m sure in a hurried fashion. But for now, it’s nice to see the color after a long dreary winter!

Tête-à-Tête, a very fragrant, miniature daffodil

 

Impatiently Waiting

 

Little Leaf Linden ( Tilia cordata) my seed source

Here it is March 1st and at the time of this post it is 16 degrees and snowing, again.
While it is depressing, there are little signs here and there that Spring is trying return. The sun is staying out longer and is warmer now, melting the snow inch by inch everyday. There is now a little patch of grass in my back yard again. Yea!
My thoughts are also turning towards the garden center, though I keep joking that I may have to include a snow shovel while setting it up this year! Lots of new ideas rolling around my head right now for displays and such. Let’s hope I have a good crew this year!
I will be starting my own crop of organic tomato plants and other veggies very soon too for my own garden and I am also plotting out a new shrub and perennial border and getting excited about beginning as soon as I can.  There are even plans for a small pond but I’m not sure exactly where yet.
And I finally decided on where to put my little leaf linden tree (grown from seed from my original linden at my other house- the picture above is that tree- it was a rescue from Walmart and I brought it home in my van over 10 years ago. It is now over 15′ tall).
I have a love/ hate relationship with the linden. They can be a messy tree, with the sooty mold caused from aphids, and the plagues of other insects, including the dreaded Japanese beetles, that devour their leaves in summer~ but the attacks are rare and my love for their deep shade and drooping canopy and the sweet honey suckle smell of the tiny white flowers in May override their faults.
I cannot wait until it gets big.

Happy Spring everybody! I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will be a good year!

Is it Really Spring This Time?

Painted Lady sipping breakfast from North Star cherry blossoms

The sun is shining, the air is warm, the grass is green and the Garden Center was Crazy Busy yesterday…
I think, I Hope…
YES! It’s finally here! Let the gardening begin!