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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A Good Home, Garden Humour, Spring, Weather

Spring?

The biggest, fattest snowflakes (snow dollops?) of the season arrived yesterday, like cold water in the face of Spring.

I’m no poet, but these verses are meant to make you smile:

https://cynthiasreyes.com/2015/03/13/a-winters-tail/

https://cynthiasreyes.com/2014/03/29/our-lady-spring/

A Good Home, Seasons Change, Spring, Spring garden

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.

A Good Home, Container Gardening, Flowers, Gardening

The Indomitable Pansy

The only pansies we’ve had past the month of June were the dead kind.

If not dead, then seriously bedraggled.

That’s why I stopped planting them each spring, and always planted other stuff instead.

Blog Photo - Potted plants and front door

Annual plants that last longer. Like blue salvia, pink snapdragons and ivy.

Blog Photo - Potted plants - one pot

But our landscaper friend Blaine brought us some bulbs and pansies to put in pots in early May.

Container planting is the only gardening I do these days, so I was happier than a pig in mud.

Blog Photo - pansies - blue CU

The hyacinth and daffodils bloomed heartily and died back. But the pansies kept blooming.

Blog Photo - Pansies Galore

And blooming.

Blog Photo - Pansy yellow

Blog Photo - Pansies on verandah - two pots

The rain beat the flowers down, but they’d spring back soon after.

Blog Photo - Pansies on ledge

Mid-July and they’re still blooming.

So here’s to the indomitable Pansy.

Blog Photo - Pansies Blue

Blog Photo - Pansy white CU

Long may you live!

For fascinating facts about the pansy, or viola:

http://www.gardenherbs.org/simples/violet_pansy.htm