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The Spring Garden

May 9th, 2019

I’m sure you’re enjoying the photos from our trip to France, but I’m taking a break to show you what’s going on around the gardens here. The spring garden, as I’m calling it, under the old apple tree is starting to come together. Last year I transplanted lots of crocuses, snowdrops, and scillas from various areas about the garden into this area. The goal is to have this be the place where all the tiny spring bulbs live.


Since it’s right by the front door, it’s the perfect spot for a spring garden. The old apple tree doesn’t leaf out until the bulbs have bloomed and have absorbed enough sunlight to expand and increase their numbers.


Naturally, whenever I’m trying to take a photos I get cat bombed. Here, Littles thought her legs were much prettier than those snowdrops.


I plan on adding a few more bulbs to this area this coming fall. Perhaps a few different varieties of snowdrops and crocuses and maybe a few tiny daffodils. I may even look around for a few early primroses and other very early spring blooming plants to nestle into this garden.

What’s your favorite early blooming plant/bulb?

Snowdrops

April 3rd, 2018

I noticed these snowdrops blooming a few weeks ago before the two nor’easters hit. I meant to get a photo one day, they next they were buried under two feet of snow. I’ve been patiently waiting for them to be uncovered.

Snowdrops are wonderful, not just because they are beautiful little flowers, but because they bloom so early in the year. They are the first things to appear and show signs of life in my northern garden. I definitely have plans to get more varieties of these beauties to add for late winter interest.

What’s the first thing to bloom in your garden?

Quote of the Day: Robert Burns

April 6th, 2014

“The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o’ the morn.”

Robert Burns

snowdrops 1
snowdrops 2
I almost missed these lovelies last week because I was so busy sugaring. So thankful to see a little bloom in the garden. I also have Johnny Jumpups blooming in the back potager – I think spring has finally arrived!

What’s blooming in your garden?

The Parade has Begun

March 8th, 2012

When I was out washing out the cat litter boxes on Tuesday afternoon I decided the weather was nice enough to check the front yard for crocus blooms. If you remember I planted hundreds of crocus and mini daffodil blooms in the lawn last fall. Low and behold I spotted a few bit of purple in the sea of green. Only about 15 are blooming right now, I can’t wait until the rest of the 500 bulbs bloom. I plated 5 different kinds of crocuses in a variety of colors.




On the back hillside, which was planted with over 800 tulip and other flowering bulbs the snowdrops are coming out in full force, pushing their way up through the mulch of chopped leaves and reaching for the sun.




These small splashes of color in the garden mark the beginning stages of a parade of color that will last until late May. I’m so looking forward to watching everything unfold as the coming months progress. Gardening truly is one of those hobbies that brings much joy.

Anything blooming in your garden yet? What’s usually the first bloom you see?

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