Tag Archive for Spring garden tips

Easter Around the House

It’s a countdown to Easter, with bunnies, birds, and flowers in and around the house. Enjoy the tour!

This sweet little wren is building her nest under this cabbage on the front porch.
These daffodils are a miniature variety from a tiny pot 20 years ago. They are always the first Spring flowers to arrive here in the garden.
My favorite papier-mâché bunny — this year, he turns 35 years old!
You might remember this wreath from a few years ago, when I first made it. And, another painted wooden bunny from a craft show.
Hopping down the bunny trail, some of my favorite little bunnies — a gift from a dear friend.
A cute little chick, and a dutch shoe painted by a classmate’s mom. When you sell crafts, you end up purchasing lots of fantastic things from the other craftspeople you meet along the way!
I love Easter lilies! These are faux, but I have heard from a friend to keep the real variety away from pets, since they can be toxic!
I have refilled this wreath frame with violas this time! Just love it!
These willows look amazing when they first come back to life in the spring. I started this tree from branches that I rooted, and now it’s almost 30 feet tall! I have underplanted this with lilies. This is the perfect time to dig the runners up, and use them to fill in any open spots that might have appeared in the centers of the plants.
These Nandina berries are still looking beautiful, but it’s best to trim them out before they drop. The berries ferment in the warmer spring temperatures, and if eaten, can cause upset to birds and other animals. Soon these Nandinas will fill with new sprays of gorgeous white flowers which will turn into this fall’s berries!
I have many pots of violas here and there on the deck and porches, and this year I am once again planting lavender. I love the scent, and it is deer-resistant!
The Aristocrat Pear tree is looking beautiful again this spring. It’s a slimmer Pear than the Bradford and is much more wind resistant — so, a good alternative!

One last photo with two more from my bunny collection. I hope that everyone has a wonderful spring, and a Happy Easter!

The Merry Month of May

Pansies at there fullest-

Pansies at their fullest right now – just in time for Mother’s Day!

First of all, I would like to say that I hope all the Moms out there had a very Happy Mother’s Day! Did you know that there are more flowers sent for Mother’s Day than Valentine’s Day — interesting statistic!

The old adage “April showers bring May flowers” is very true this year. Suddenly, the gardens have sprung to life around here. We went from a freeze warning to 90-degree days in less than a week, and that brought on an amazing array of beautiful flowers overnight! The grass is growing about six to seven inches in a week. I hope that you are enjoying the warmer weather, and I have some tips for how to manage some of the spring tasks ahead.

The azalea & periwinkle bloomed at the same time this year-

The azalea and periwinkle bloomed at the same time this year.

This season came on so fast that almost all of my spring blooming plants are flowering all at once, creating fun combinations that almost never happen. Right now, the periwinkle, rhododendron and azalea are blooming together, and before that the Pear, Cherry and Dogwood trees all bloomed at the same time. Normally these are all spaced about two weeks apart, so it has created a magical display. The pollen is out in force, too, but we won’t talk about that… A-choo!

Since the overnight temps were still dipping too low to mulch the grass clippings (the overnight lows need to be above 55 degrees), I want to share a tip that your flowers are going to love. Just take the grass clippings and spread them on your flower beds about 3 to 4 inches thick, then turn them into the soil with a spading fork. This will lighten the soil and nourish the bed.

Spade in excess grass clippings now, for a terrific flower bed in a couple of weeks-

Spade-in excess grass clippings now, for a terrific flower bed in a few weeks.

Let the garden rest for a couple of weeks until the clippings turn brown and it’s warm enough to plant your summer annuals. If you do this, I promise you will be rewarded with flowers that grow twice as big. I like to top dress the beds with a little mulch after the flowers are planted to help keep the moisture in the soil, too. In garden beds that have been established/planted you might stir in some leaf compost around the base of the plants instead.

We had a pretty harsh winter for this region and I lost a few plants, but I’m having fun filling in the spots with some transplants from other areas. Seems there is always change in the air around here, but that is what keeps it interesting.

Hope you enjoy!

The rhododendron are so full of flowers. A welcome sight after a cold winter.

The rhododendron are so full of flowers. A welcome sight after a cold winter.

The white iris is even taller than usual this year- almost 4 feet tall!

The white iris is even taller than usual this year — almost four feet tall!

One more shot of the azaleas-

One more shot of the azaleas — Happy Spring!

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