Already seeing amazing blooming in the garden.
Over the weekend the clematis was a surprise, buds
opening and large blooms already requiring help to
clamber up the birdhouse pole.
The perfect temperatures in the low 70's with
a gentle breeze make me realize again how beautiful
Spring can be here in the southeastern USA.....we are
definitely lucky and I feel for those of you up north,
and in the Midwest where the snow is still falling,
Winter just doesn't want to leave.
The Spanish bluebells are still beautiful - these are
definitely naturalizing now and large patches of blue
are scattered throughout the garden.
The pollen has dissipated - just a fine covering of
yellow-green dust settles on everything overnight.......then a
quick hose down and it looks clean and fresh.
My favorites, the pale pink George Taber azalea, are massed
on the bushes which have grown well the past year.....
....and these other azaleas, names unknown, grow abundantly
in the back garden in wild abandon, informal as these
woodland shrubs should be. Our Winter efforts to keep
the compost bin filled paid off, we've had rich soil to
add to many plants and shrubs the past week.
Yesterday afternoon I cleaned out the gazebo, hosing away
pollen and spider webs, washing cushions in readiness
for outdoor afternoon tea days this week perhaps.
The snowball bush is pretty and loaded with flowers now
opening from lime green to bright white. When I rescued it
from a pot just a couple of years back I never expected it
to grow this well.
The blooming of the honeysuckle was another surprise this
past week..........more flowers than former years so
something must be right in that rather dark corner
back by the fence.
Below, the small 'tree' in the center appears to be a
volunteer dogwood - I'm so excited seeing it growing
proud and tall, hopefully it will survive as we've lost
all but one of the wild dogwoods growing here before.
Hope you enjoyed the garden walk.....and do come join us
if you can!
We have no help with our quarter acre garden........
and it is a lot of work for us now,
but we feel our efforts to keep it growing and blooming
are worth it - and great exercise - and will continue to
manage it ourselves for as long as we can. I planted
almost everything in the garden over the past sixteen
years. It has been a labor of love.
sat collapsed on the front porch Saturday evening.
Watching the birds at the feeders, enjoying
an aperitif. We looked across the freshly mown lawn
to the flowers and green shrubs, and it made all the
hard work of the past two weeks so worthwhile.