There is truly nothing quite like the beauty of Spring, when Mother Nature dons her stunning new wardrobe of fresh, beautiful green, accessorized with the silky petals of whites, pinks, reds, and more. Though the absolute splendor of that perfect Spring green is fleeting, I so look forward to it every year. To me, Spring represents the promise of new beginnings, fresh starts, discovery, adventures and getting out into the garden!
I love my garden – it’s not huge, but it is really all garden. One thing about gardens – they are always a work in process. I’ve been working on mine for 15 years and I’m always changing things. That’s the fun and beauty of gardening. Oh yes, I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way! I’ve learned a few things, too and look forward to sharing the joys, trials and sometimes just plain funny lessons learned through dirt, worms, foliage and flowers.
My poor garden was sadly neglected last year with both sad and happy things that kept me away from it. So I have my work cut out for me this year! Today, I thought I’d share a few photos of my garden and we’ll see what develops this year together!
I love this tree – it was here when we moved in. We are not 100% percent certain what species it is, but right now, has lots of beautiful, pink blooms.
The leaves are an amazing bi-colored almost gold and chartreuse green! Unfortunately, it probably gets too much sun, so the leaves start to look a little ragged by July. This is how it looks fully leafed out.
We LOVE our Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar! I think this tree gets a bad rap…so many people think they are really ugly. Left to their own devices, they can look rather unattractive. With the right staking, training and pruning, they can be magnificent! We call it our umbrella tree. With blue-green needles, this evergreen can grow up to 10 feet tall and 20 feet wide, depending on how it is pruned and staked. It requires full sun and grows best in Zones 6-9. It is a slow grower, about 1 ½ feet per year. This bad boy does require some super duper pruning each year! We’ve had a lot of birds nest in it every year and have been chased away by many anxious Mama birds. I really need to make a “Bird Crossing” sign!
Our little pond is fun – my little fish are just realizing it’s Spring and are ready to eat! These are just plain old goldfish and we’ve had these guys for over 10 years! I’m always amazed how they winter over and are there to greet us in the Spring.
The lilacs are just starting to develop! The smell of lilacs is simply amazing, don’t you think?
It looks red in this photo, but I adore my bright pink, glass gazing ball. This is how my garden looked two Springs ago – a lot has changed and more to come! Of course, we’ll be visited by the fun, fun, fun cicadas here in the mid-Atlantic soon. I know they’re harmless, but am not a fan of them landing on me. Their arrival just might create a garden delay….we’ll see!
Can’t wait to share all the glories of the garden! What is your favorite thing about Spring and gardening? We’ll definitely be talking gardens and plants and flowers on Facebook – you ARE with us there, right? No? Well, we are SO missing you over there, so bring your pretty little self over and join us here!
Happy Friday and thank you for letting me share a little Spring garden celebration with you! Have the best weekend and plant something!