A few weeks later than usual, it’s finally Spring here in central Pennsylvania!
Five years (and four days) later, I’m channeling my first post (Hello World) as I transplant grape hyacinths. Up on our back hill and in the middle of the front yard, we have tons of grape hyacinths blooming. I love that once upon a time someone planted these, and then they began to naturalize. However, I know that Hubster will mow over the delicate blooms if I don’t rescue them and relocate them to a protected landscaped area. Knowing I wanted them spared, Pumpkin surprised me by digging them up while I was making breakfast inside. <3 And the bluebirds are still watching…
One of my favorite things to post about is my garden… Spring was especially difficult for me. Now that we’re homeowners again, I no longer need to wistfully dream of gardening. This summer, we’ll be updating and putting more energy into the house than the outdoors. Even though a few junk plants need to be ripped out, there are difficult to landscape areas and several overgrown features, I did hunt for the few hidden gems that the previous owners left.
A small maple stands guard at the top of the hill in the front of the house.
A few mountain rocks add framework behind faded irises.
One young oak dances at the top of the back hill, taunting us with his cool relief.
In the far back corner, native day lilies hide with chagrin in the shade. Don’t worry, I’ll soon replant you where you can flourish.
There are a few flowering shrubs and a lot of work needs to be done!
A lilac bush stands alone along the road, the hostas are chewed and lonely, an azalea is hiding beneath a vine, and a fire pit needs some love. I also remember in the spring, seeing a few daffodils in the front and a few grape hyacinths in the back. I can’t wait to see what else awaits us…
Which is your favorite?
PS… This is my 400th post!
The cyclamen have begun to bloom in my shade garden, providing a sudden pop of pale pink and tinges of magenta.
My minnow daffodils seem to be confused, the bulbs sent up new leaves thinking it was already Spring. I will be curious to see if they bloom…
What’s going on in your garden now?
Did you vote yet? I have 6 gorgeous blooms entered in this weeks contest, you can vote for your favorite or vote for them all!
All six blooms have previously been shown on my blog. Vote before the eighth!
After a being away for a few weeks, and due to the scorching hot days, my garden needs some major TLC; weeding, watering and trimming… Before I jump into a laborious task, I want to savor the gems in my treasure box.
The yellow yarrow allures the butterflies, day lilies continue to greet the sun each day, blue chip Campanula creeps wisps about in the delicate breezes, Sedum shows promise of tiny pink blooms, burgundy glow Ajuga continues saluting the skies, and bountiful roses scent the west windows of our house…
But the stars of my garden this week are the gladiolas. Beautiful vibrant rich hues rising above my garden greens, a pop of color to draw your eyes.
What’s in bloom in your garden this week?
With their ruffled edge petals, deep pinky-raspberry tones and yellow center of the purple d’oro day lily, it’s no wonder these day lilies are quickly becoming my new favorite. I planted them from roots last summer and they have really filled out this summer. They were planted alternating with the golden stella d’oro day lilies (and yellow sedum behind). I can’t wait to split them and grow more!
How do you like them?