Country Love

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What's Bloomin'

What's Bloomin' in the Yard

After a mild winter in our area, spring seemed to come early...then we had a period of cold weather again.  I'm happy to say I think the warmer weather is now here to stay.

Our yard has been an evolution over the 13 years we've lived in our home.  We are usually doing something new every year, either adding something, moving plants and/or shrubs, or, like this year, having a huge tree removed.

I try to keep a pictural record of the yard as we make changes, but it doesn't always happen.

Here's some shots of what's bloomed so far this season.

An old cart and milk can seated among some creeping phlox.

 Above the old cart is an arbor with a Zephirine Drouhin rose

I love the early arrival of the Johnny Jump Ups.  They have reseeded themselves over the last couple of years and you just never know where they'll show up.

Maraschino Cherry Salvia is a favorite of the humming birds that frequent the yard.

This is 3 clays pots of mixed plantings of geraniums, bacopa, parsley, dianthus, vinca, dracena, and a couple others.

The azaleas were gorgeous this year.

Last year, we planted 3 Encore Azaleas...they've done really well.

This is a Japanese Kerria - it's a climbing plant with these little powder puff looking flowers all over it.

Foxglove - one of my favorite

Miss Kim lilac - It has a Heavenly scent

Homestead Verbana - This is new to the yard this year.  I'm anxious to see how it does.

This is Queen Anne's Lace - which some might consider a 'weed'...but I grow it to use in flower arrangements.  It will get about 4-5 feet tall with a lacy white flat flower.

The Oak Leaf Hydrangea buds.

I love these cute little pink and white blooms!  These are in one of my pots of mixed plantings.

Aren't these cute too?

This is sedum, planted in a old small milk container...plopped next to the split rail fence that will probably be removed within the next year.

The split rail has served it's purpose, but the gate never functioned properly and that container was put there to block a gap so our Yorkie wouldn't escape to the larger part of the yard.  It's time for something that works better.

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse around the yard.