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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Calendar Doesn't Say So But...

...spring is here!  Spring is happening all over the place.  The trees are blooming, the bulbs are coming up all over, and of course the weeds are growing too! Daffodils and hyacinths are in full bloom and other flowers are well on their way to a beautiful spring. 

Here's a little of what we get to see in our garden:

The bees are highly interested in the hyacinths.  I tracked this little bee all around this particular plant as it filled up on the nectar.  I wonder what honey made from hyacinths would taste like? Hmm...


This is the one time of year where I find it hard to completely dislike the Bradford pear trees.  They are beautiful flowering trees despite their faults - which are many!  Fortunately I have clogged sinuses so I can't smell the awful smell of the Bradford pear trees flowers.  Although I also can't smell the wonder scents of the hyacinths...you win some, you lose some!


Here you can see one of the Bradford pears on the left and the front porch garden on the right.  The daffodils are filling that bed at the moment but daylilies, salvia, and several other perennials will emerge when the temperatures warm up a little more. The arbor on the right leads to the side garden.  I added some alliums to the bed on the left and a rose bush is straight ahead in the center of the picture.  It was sent over to me from Brighter Blooms Nursery in the fall.  I can't wait to see how it does here.  My garden is rose deficient with the new rose becoming only the fifth rose to be planted in my garden - and two of them haven't done anything to write home about! One was from a cutting and was nibbled by the deer.  You wouldn't think they would like to eat roses but when hungry deer will eat just about anything.


This nifty bulb combination is along our front sidewalk. Grape hyacinths surround the yellow daffodils!  The grape hyacinths will fill in more thickly as the years progress.


Here is a rogue daffodil that somehow ended up around the border garden.  I wonder if one of my daughters planted it...


This rogue daffodil is close to a Forest Pansy redbud.  Soon the redbuds will be all in bloom.  Both of our plum trees are in full bloom right now which gives me hope for some great cross pollination! 



How is spring progressing in your garden?

4 comments :

  1. Wow, I wish spring came this early in Saskatchewan. I have to wait at least another month or 2 before I get to plant outside. I plan to start my tomatoes and peppers inside within the next week though. I have to give them a nice long season even though I live in a short season place. I can't wait until the flowers come back again.

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  2. Yes a Early Spring indeed! Things are greening up before all the blooms have arrived. This happen last year for us here in GA as well. Not a pretty spring but I will take a early spring as long as we do not have a hard frost now...

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  3. Bradford pears are beautiful when they bloom, despite their problems. I always felt their flowers had a chalky smell, which I didn't mind.

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