Mother’s Day bouquet

Happy Mother’s Day to those readers who are moms.   I had a lovely day.  I have a bunch of photos I took over the last week that I haven’t posted yet so I thought perhaps today was a good day to look at them.  Here is a Mother’s Day bouquet to enjoy..

Daffodils

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Bleeding heart (two kinds), grape hyacinths, daffodils

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Narcissus

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Purple grape hyacinths, violets, primroses, white grape hyacinths, epimedium

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A lone red tulip
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The big picture

I have had a request for a photo of the garden that shows the whole thing.  I will try a panorama at some point, but for now here are two pix taken from the upstairs window.

Dahlias and other beauties will fill the empty spaces in the foreground and join the bearded, Siberian and Louisiana iris already there. Daylilies will eventually fill most of the area to the left of the stone bench, peonies are behind the bench, lots of iris to the right  and the Bradford pear is showing off right now.    Forsythia is blooming behind the fence. Hydrangea, azalea, rhododendron, lilac, wiegela, a smokebush and blueberries are the shrubby things not yet in bloom.

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Here’s the other half..  The new veggie beds are behind the low fence, there’s an alpine trough in the soapstone sink, more daylilies, and then all the lovely little spring things behind the patio and in front of  the fence.  A red maple and crabapple will soon shade the patio. The slope behind the fence is a continuing challenge.  I’ll post a photo when it is at peak bloom .. probably next week.  The rock garden is out of view way over to the right.  More on that later.

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Bradford pear blossom

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Forsythia arching over the  meadow

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Maple blossoms and a funky reflection in the patio table accompanied by E’s favorite rock

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Orchid cactus – Epiphyllum

The outdoor world is absolutely beautiful right now but I need to share something spectacular that’s going on inside.  A few years ago my sister A gave me some cuttings from her orchid cactus.  It decided to bloom this year.  Oh my….

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close up of blossom

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super close-up

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Trillium

Trillium are  so cool.. three leaves and three petals on the flowers.  I have two blooming in the garden right now and two others will shine a bit later.

Here is the red one

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and this is the white one

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Primroses

There is so much blooming now that I’m having trouble keeping up with the posts. The cool weather has been good for primroses.  Some have already bloomed, and some have yet to show off.  Here are some lovelys that are blooming in the garden now.

Peg’s Primrose –  that’s not the name of it but it was given to me by my friend Peg

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I think this one came from my friend Theresa

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A lovely yellow one..

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Almost cream colored..

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New veggie garden

We built a raised bed for the veggies in 2002.. but it rotted out and needed to be redone.  Two weeks ago, I pulled the old raised bed apart and yesterday the handsome husband and I built a new one.  We expanded the lower section and that will hold herbs, peppers, and eggplants.  The upper bed will house peas, squashes, beans and tomatoes.   Lettuces and spinach will be planted in pots.

Here is the veggie bed in late March …

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halfway done….

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done… except for the rabbit fence which will go up next week and a bit more soil.

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To celebrate , I planted the sugar snap peas…  yum.

 

The merry month of May

May is here.   Just the word “May”  conjures up all kinds of wonderful things.   This year we are still in the throes of a long cool wet spring.  The upside is that the wee spring things last longer and the heat doesn’t do them in.  April showers do bring May flowers.  And  e.e. cummings wrote that spring is ..”when the world is puddle-wonderful…”  I have always loved that line.  The garden is exploding with new things every day.  Shall we have a look?

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The ephemeral bed….

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Old man willow is putting on a show.. this is his good side.  The other side is completely rotten and sadly, this is his last spring.  I am going to miss him.

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The forsythia hedge is a welcome sight on these gray days.. Redbud in the foreground

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Red buds getting ready to pop

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Pussytoes and  blue Pulmonaria under the birch

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Pulmonaria

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Uvularia

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Frittilaria meleagris

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Another Frittilaria – I’ve lost the tag with its full name …

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