A Good Home, Spring garden

Scenes From Early Spring

After the way I carried on about the slow arrival of Spring, I’m thankful to be able to share these scenes from my garden:

Blog Photo - Spring 2018 Blue Pot and Chair

Blog Photo - Spring 2018 Solo trillium

Blog Photo - Spring 2018 Trillium duo

Blog Photo - Spring 2018 Robin Egg

I assume Mother Robin is sheltering little Robin birdies in this nest under our deck…

Blog Photo - Spring 2018 Robin on nest

Blog Photo - Spring 2018 pink and blue flowers

Pulmonaria (Lungwort) is a lovely sight in spring, with its blue and pink flowers.

The trees below are in my favourite heritage district (in Bowmanville, Ontario). In spring, blue scilla carpets many of the lawns, and some magnolia trees are as tall as the houses. My photography skills don’t do them justice:

Blog Photo - Spring 2018 Magnolia Bowmanville
Blog Photo - Spring 2018 Magnolia Pair

Happy Spring, everyone!

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Reminders of Springs Past

 

Birdhouse by Jean Long

I’ve always wondered what this bird is saying — atop one of Jean Long’s clever bird feeder creations. (“Time for more food!”)

Blog Photo - Garden short flowers in front forget-me-nots

Pale blue forget-me-nots.

Blog Photo - Lilacs and forget Me Nots

‘Mama’s Garden’ in early-mid Spring.

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Maple Leaves

Japanese maple leaves in the Spring rain.

Blog Photo - Big wisteria blooms

Fat, fragrant double blooms on our Wisteria vine.

Blog Photo - Garden - Low flowers in front of tulips

Spring flowers together…..

Blog Photo - Gail's garden - implements on tray

But we must do the work….

Blog Photo - Allium

I love the purple globes of giant Allium.

Blog Photo - Rainy Branches over Hosta

The Weigela is so soaked, its branches are almost touching the ground.

And, below, the gorgeous purple-blue pansy.

Blog Photo - pansies - blue CU

Happy Spring, everyone. We’ve had rain, grey skies, and the stream out back has turned into a rushing river. But I’ll take it: Welcome, Spring!

Flower Photos by H. Grange.

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Mama’s Garden in Spring

My husband named this garden for my mother. It’s my favorite garden and I promised to tend it.

But my injuries made gardening a huge challenge and Mama’s Garden became a little jungle.

For the last few years, it’s looked a bit wild, especially from the outside.

Mama's Garden Side shot with dogwood, ferns etc

Mama's Garden side shot

But it’s always a treasure-trove on the inside.

Mama's Garden Ferns and Jack in the pulpit

My Good Man weeded the pathway for me this Spring – thank you, thank you, Kind Sir!!

Suddenly, you could see the path and even the plants stood out more.

That purple flower on the left below is woodland phlox. Farther below, in the next picture, is Solomon’s seal, blooming its small white bells.

Mama's Garden Pathway May 2015

Mama's Garden Solomon's seal

Mama's Garden Purple Iris CU

Yes, even Irises bloom here. 

Mama's Garden Yellow Iris CU

Ferns, hydrangea, Jack-in-the-pulpit, May apple,dogwood, ligularia, wild phlox, woodland phlox, astilbe, hosta — and many more plants grow together here.  Including two clematis vines.

Mama's Garden Double Clem CU

Mama's Garden Path and Arbor side

 The double clematis flourishes on the entrance arbor. It will cover that side of the arbor very soon.

Mama's Garden Double Clem opening

The dogwood blooms above all that. It has never looked better.

Mama's Garden Dogwood blooms May 2015

Same goes for the purple lilac.

Mama's Garden Purple Lilac

Way to go, Mama’s Garden!  Thank you for your thriving and lovely ways.

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Dedicated to my mother.

With thanks to my husband for all his work in our garden.

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Skulduggery

Every spring for years now, my dear friend Les and I have fiercely competed in The Bloomin’ Bulbs competition.

We two are the only participants.

Whoever has the first blooming spring bulbs is the winner.

But in the weeks ahead, we’ll both be on high alert, because we’ve proven ourselves …uhm… untrustworthy.

One year I brought a blow-dryer outside, trying to warm up the air around my not-quite-blooming daffodils.

And as for Les …. well….

Please follow the trail from here:

From: Cynthia Reyes
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 4:58 PM
To: ‘Leslie Lawrence’
Subject: I have SEVERAL crocuses bloomin’! 

I have SEVERAL crocuses bloomin’ now!

Two yesterday, several today.

And I just remembered: it’s the Bloomin’ Bulbs competition, so Hellebores don’t count, Les!

Have you any real bulbs yet??

Blog Photo - Crocus in Spring

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From: Leslie
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 9:05 AM
To: Cynthia Reyes
Subject: Re: I have SEVERAL crocuses bloomin’ now!

Well, you are probably well ahead.

It’s hard to be in competition with the Reyes Estate.

A Few Things have poked their heads up vigorously through the leaf mulch.

However, we don’t have much of a display.

Lawrence el Veraz

Les and his Daffodils

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On Apr 14, 2014, at 9:19 AM, Cynthia Reyes  wrote:

Les – that is beautiful!

I have no daffodils blooming.

When I read your email, I braced myself for another fake photo – but this is great!

It looks like you won the contest this year, because those daffodils have been up for a while – right?

Darn, drats and heck!  I hate losing. But if I had to lose to someone….. I’m glad it’s you!

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From: Leslie
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 9:46 AM
To: Cynthia Reyes
Subject: Re: I have SEVERAL crocuses bloomin’ now!

Hi Cynthia,

Well, I’m glad you liked the photo.

As for fake photos, though we have this keen competition, I assure you I would never spend a lot of time scheming to send you a photograph taken last spring in order to accomplish the nearly impossible task of fooling you one last time.

Not me.

Lawrence el Veraz.

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On Apr 14, 2014, at 9:50 AM, Cynthia Reyes  wrote:

Oh my God! 

You did it again, didn’t you?

I don’t know why I get hoodwinked every time.

And this time – completely.

Duz a leppard change his spots?

Duz a photo-faker change his ways?

Obviously not.

Ay, caramba!

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All this to say: keep your friends close, but keep your gardener-friends even closer! 

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Dedicated to my dear friend Lawrence el Veraz.