There are several gardening blogs I like to read, one of which is May Dreams Gardens. On the 15th of every month she hosts a linky party where you can post what is blooming in your yard or garden. I’ve meant to do this for a while now and resolved to finally do it today. So of course, I woke up to this-
It is lovely to get moisture after such a warm dry winter, so no complaints here. And I happen to get some snow free pictures the other day.
The view from my porch, most of the color you can see comes from Apricot Impression tulips my husband and I planted last fall. They are really large and start out rather orangey before aging to a pretty coral pink.
Apricot Impression Tulips
Here is the opposite view of the same bed as above, sans snow. Last year, in addition to the tulips, I planted Basket of Gold (Aurinia saxatilis), “Accent” daffodils, “Stainless”daffodils, blue pansies, (and some Marit tulips that yet to open) for spring color. This year I added some Rock Cress (Aubrieta) which will give a nice blue purple pop for weeks each spring.
This is a similar view from last April, just a little earlier.
Last spring, I spotted a gorgeous coral blooming shrub in a strangers front yard. I had no idea what it was, so after driving by several more times, I decided to go up to the door and ask. My boys were mortified, until i returned and told them no one had been home. I found it on the internet, it was a flowering quince and then planted one in the fall.
It is a little scrawny now, but should reach 4-5 feet tall and wide. This is double flowering variety that is supposed to be fruitless and thornless. I’ll likely be adding a fruiting variety to the backyard eventually.
The quince is right behind our oh so lovely utility box in our side bed. In this bed, I also planted “Geranium” Daffodils, in addition to tulip, rock cress, and basket of gold.
Geranium Daffy smell very sweet and have 2-3 blooms per stem.
Our lilacs are blooming, and have been for around two weeks. I am glad I had something to post on my first bloggers bloom day. Hop on over to see more blooms at May Dreams.
In May it will be two years since we moved to our home. I love this house, love our neighbors, love the location, love our big old yard, love the all the natural light in our house. There is a lot to love. However we knew going in that there would plenty to do to make it the home our own. I think the first update we did was new toilets. One of the kids had taken to calling them Grandma toilets. Why, I don’t know, but they were tiny, and didn’t work properly, ever. Now, I’m sure you’ll be disappointed, I don’t have picture of toilets today. Most of our updates have been not super exciting, like the toilets, or fixing shredded window screens, or outdated smoke detectors.
The yard has been a little more fun. The original owners built this home as their dream home from what we’ve been told. He loved to garden and she realllly like pink(more on that later). By the time the house came to us, however, the yard had been the victim of benign neglect for about 8 years.
This is what we started with-
Weedy and rocky, the soil was like cement. The weeds were even kind of sparse because the ground was so hard.
One upside was that it was nice and shady in the afternoon, and we don’t have much shade on our property. The weeding went fast and the existing lilac and buckthorn were in good shape. I used some wood mulch from some stumps we had ground down to suppress the weeds.
This the best “after’ picture I got. Since this was taken, I planted another butterfly bush along with some pansies and sea oats grass, and transplanted another brookside geranium. In the spring I hope to divide the hosta and add some more color.