Monday, May 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - May 15. 2017

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."

I wish there was more growing here in zone 6B, Massachusetts. It's been cold and the gardens are in slow motion. Much of what I post here I've had in recent posts......but, the plants have filled out nicely.

Sweet little Forget-me-nots are filling out nicely. 

White Columbine is the only one with opening blossoms.
Candytuft is one of the first to bloom and one of my favorites for it's unique blossoms.

This Primula is new to the woodland garden.

Catmint was one of the first plants to bloom. It has seeded itself around the garden.

Bluet is a wildflower native to MA. I dug several of them from a neighbor's lawn before she moved. This is the only one that made it....

Pink Lily-of-the-valley makes me happy.

So far, this is the only woodland Phlox that has bloomed.

White Lily-of-the-valley and pink creeping phlox.
After many days of cold, wind and rain, the sun is breaking through with promises of summer like weather the rest of the week. It will be fun to see all the buds bursting open. They are overdue!

Today, I'm grateful for my lovely daughters, Julie and Allison. They are much more than I deserve!

Happy Gardening, Sally

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spring is at a Crawl!

"In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
Margaret Atwood

This has been a really chilly Spring. Because of the temperatures, the perennials are in slow motion. It takes forever for them to bloom but, when they do, the blooms last a long time. There are so many plants with buds. Every morning I head out with my camera and grubby clothes. Stained tees and ripped jeans are my gardening attire. It's so much fun to see what's budding up everyday and get pictures......capturing the moment.

The first Irises to bloom are the minis.

A rescue Pansy

Cinquefoil is a wonderful pop of color.

White Lilacs

There are many buds on the Coreopsis but just these two blossoms that got eaten as soon as they blossomed.

This Hellebore has been blooming for a long time!

Bridal Bouquet is starting to bloom.

I love these buds on the Bridal Bouquet Spirea

White Quartz...of course. Blue Fescue, a Succulent, and Wooly Thyme.

Variegated Solomon's Seal
Catmint has seeded itself in lots of places. Here it's with an emerging Rose Bush.

Here comes Big Blue!

This shrub is from Fran and it's the first year it's going to bloom.

When I planted this, I didn't realize there were two different Hostas together. I like it.

Woodland Phlox is blooming.

A long view of the garden with crockery and the frog and mushroom. Things are still pretty bare.
Sweet little Butterfly taking a rest.
Idgie enjoying the Catnip.
Someone is showing off for the girls.

Today, I'm grateful to God for flowers....I'm heading to Lowe's!

Happy Gardening, Sally

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Rainy Day Garden

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Rainy days then sunny days make really happy plants. 
This Pulmonaria in the woodland garden is so happy and healthy.

Solomon's Seal is blooming before it's full grown. 

Variegated Lily-of-the-valley is doing well....this is the 3rd year and, although its a slow grower, it is spreading.
I have such high hopes for the woodland garden to fill in this year....guess I better get going!

Everything is so green and lush in the big garden.

Can never have too many Heuchera. Before long, they will be ringing their bells!

Japanese Painted fern is so happy where I have it. It does get a good amount of sun, which leaves me a bit perplexed as to why it's doing well.

I gave all the Blue Fescue a haircut and they are thanking me with wonderful fullness.

Here come the Columbine. When they bloom, they really last a good amount of time.

In a few weeks my Dad's old hand plow will be nearly buried by perennials.

Has anyone ever had Peonies seed in their garden? I am pretty sure this is a Peony seedling. There's another somewhere in the garden.....I couldn't take the time to hunt it down.

I'm thrilled that the Kent Oregano came back. It is rather tender and considered an annual here.

Hens and Chicks is getting huge!

I may finally be having good luck with Bergenia.

The Blue Fescue dis reproducing like crazy.

I love this rock.

More Blue Fescue and white rocks.

Minis are the first Irises to bloom.

In the photo below, you can see how lush and beautiful the miniature Thyme was last year. I have no idea what happened.

Today, I'm grateful to God for the good life I have. Each day is a blessing regardless of the circumstances.

Happy Gardening, Sally

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hello May, Please be Nice!

"Among the changing months, May stands contest
The sweetest, and the fairest colors dressed."
James Thomson


Here is a close-up of a Candytuft blossom. I love how unique they are.

The Bleeding Heart barely broke ground when it was blooming!

This sweet, little native plant is a Bluet.

This Primrose is a new addition to the woodland garden.

Fritillaries are still at it.

A native fern is unfurling in the wooded lot.

This is a Cinnamon fern fiddlehead.

This native Violet grows in the swampy area of the wooded lot.

Silene and Forget-Me Nots.

I think this is an Aubrieta. The color is beautiful and bright.

This Pulmonaria has beautiful white flowers.

This is one reason I love Pulmonaria. This plant has pink and blue flowers.

I rescued a few Johnny-Jump_ups from the markdown rack at Lowe's.

White Violets are blooming. They smell wonderful.

Creeping Phlox

Pansies are another Lowe's markdown rescue.

Sweet Woodruff

While clearing and preparing to create the woodland garden, I found an apple tree growing. 

I trimmed the Apple tree and am delighted to see it blooming. The tree is very odd looking as it leans west toward the sun. It probably is the result of years of  throwing apple cores in the woods.

We're having another rainy day. No complaints makes the garden so happy.  Yesterday, I spent the morning digging out dandelions and grass as well as pulling the usual culprit weeds from the big garden. It's so much fun to spot more plants breaking the ground.

Good-bye April! I'm grateful it's May!
Happy Gardening,