Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

I spy with my little eye, some color and texture as pretty as pie.

Yellow and White Daffodils
Plum Blossoms
Bearded Iris

More Daffodils

I think this is some type of privet about to bloom. [Shame on me]
One of my favorite vignettes in my backyard.

Up close you can see the maple tree is surrounded by amaryllis and lavender irises.


T-Roy catching some rays in front of a bed or roses.

The mailbox area is starting to come to life with hardy gladiolus an a lone amaryllis in bloom. The yellow shrubs in the back are euonymus.

A scrap-wood wall hanging I made for the patio.
Tell me what's bloomin' in your yard.

Monday, March 9, 2015

I Am In Love!

Yes, I am in love! I am in love with Magnolia soulangeana!

This beautiful tree has many common names, eg. Chinese magnolia, saucer magnolia, tulip tree, none of which adequately describe its majestic beauty. Still, a rose by any other name...

I adore the pink hues bursting forth from the buds in early spring, giving way to showers of elegant pink and white petals. Its display is never long enough though. Still, whenever I come across one of these garden treasures, I am reminded that spring is on her way after a [very] long slumber.
I am planning on adding a saucer magnolia (how I was first taught to identify it) in my backyard this spring. In fact, I am removing a hillside flowerbed just to accommodate it. It will be a better fit and the flowers will be transplanted in other areas.
This tree has its share of problems including fungal diseases and pests, however, in my experience beauty always requires hard work.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Screw It!! I'm Gardening!
I haven't had much to blog about lately because its been too cold to go outside to do anything useful. That is, until I came across this funny meme the other day. Using it as my inspiration, I decided to update the area around my front bird bath with a few snapdragon and dianthus plants.

It will be weeks before they fill in and start producing lush blooms. Still, I feel like I've knocked one thing off my garden list in spite of the weather. And it beats looking at a brown patch from my office window.

Carry on fellow gardeners. 14 days till spring.