Sunday, April 30, 2017

In the Garden

My garden is in an awkward "in-between" stage right now: the lilacs, daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth are all done, but the peonies, rose, lavender, lilies, irises, black-eyed susans aren't ready yet......

but the coral bells are!!

This is just a tiny sliver of the large amount of flower garden space I have--but it shows one of my coral bells.

Late this week I worked on weeding--it truly never seems to end--and lots of transplanting my muscari. I also had a liriope salon day (they get haircuts every spring). 

Giving some attention to my garden late this week generated some great finds:

*Last year Finn brought home a tiny planted seed from his scouting group.  Soon it germinated and became a tiny morning glory.  Then we planted it carefully in front of the front porch, and eventually it climbed up and wrapped itself around the railings and delighted us with its blooms and heart-shaped leaves.  As the season wore on, I just allowed it to dry up on the porch, then ripped it out in the fall...hoping it would re-seed itself.

It did!  I now have over a dozen baby morning glories popping up out front, and I hope to train them all to run up the railings and give us a blooming front porch oasis.

*Annie planted periwinkle last year in the east garden.  Her periwinkle now has....a baby!

*Early, early this spring, I looked at my antique rosebush with extreme consternation. It didn't bloom worth anything last year, so a month or so ago I pruned it back, back, back to the ground.  I was delighted this week to see that it's nearly as tall as I am and covered with buds.

*I found a sweet little oak tree starting to grow in my west flower bed. I dug it up and potted it--and maybe, just maybe, I can have a little oak tree to plant later this summer.

Tomorrow I'll tell you all about the extraordinary thrift store extravaganza that occurred yesterday. I bought 156 items.  (This sounds insane, right? My husband says what's really ridiculous is that  I counted it all.)  Remember that we're under austerity measures, right? (Note that in my post I did say I am going to purge.  Yes! I am! Starting tomorrow!)

I got all that for......[drumroll]....

well, you have to wait until tomorrow to see. :)

Happy Sunday. Be sure to take a nap if you can!


  1. It's like we live in different worlds! Our daffodils have just started, and the lilacs aren't even blooming yet! Can we say longest winter EVER? I still have the heat on in the house! I'm very jealous of you right now.

    1. Our spring has come early this year! My peonies usually bloom right around May 15, but this year the first one bloomed on April 29th! We're a full two weeks ahead, due to unseasonably warm weather. It's so strange.

      But yes, still very far ahead of the Pacific NW! (I wore flip flops today. Don't hate me!)