What is more beautiful than a garden in the Spring? What a refreshing change to see all the vibrant greens of the new foliage and the bright colors of the Spring flowers after a long, cold winter.
Weather permitting, it’s a ritual with me to spend at least an hour in my gardens each morning around 7:00 a.m. With a cup of tea in hand, I stroll amidst the beauty accompanied only by the sounds of the birds and crickets. Occasionally I stop to pull a weed or two, deadhead a spent bloom or loosen the soil with a trowel.
It seems like almost every day there’s something new that comes into bloom. The daffodils are gone for another year and the tulips should follow in another week…just in time for the irises to make their debut.
I still need a few more annuals for my containers which I’ll probably pick up in the next day or two.
Nearest the house is the first of two shade gardens which only gets about 3-4 hours of early morning sun.
We had the large boulder brought in when we started landscaping four summers ago.
This is our second shade garden at the back of the yard and this location only gets about two hours of early morning sunlight. The rest of the day it is in the shadow of the out building and a large basswood tree.
The aroma from this deep burgundy lilac is intoxicating.
We installed this raised bed of twice-blooming irises two summers ago. The first blooms should happen within the next two weeks and then each plant will re-bloom in early September.
Here is the other side of the yard with yet another huge boulder to add interest and texture.
Notice the pretty orange perennial azalea in the foreground.
And there’s our Westie Mac in the distance chasing another squirrel up the tree.
When we bought our house four years ago, it was a new build with just bare ground and had no landscaping. Sam and I did most of the work ourselves with the exception of the stonework patio area. As with all gardens, they are a continual work in progress and labor of love.
Thanks for coming on the tour with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did…and please come again.
Remember to take time to smell the flowers and as always…