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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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Bloomin’ Stuff

Stuff is blooming in my garden.

Blog Photo - Columbines

Pink Stuff – some that were expected to be pink, and some that came up in a different colour scheme. It’s very pretty, this pink and white columbine. But where did it come from?

Blog Photo - columbines pink and white

The grace of the garden: you get more than you planted.

The surplus, Canadians call it.

Brawta, Jamaicans call it.

Blog Photo - Phlox wild pink

I just call it grace.  And when I think about it, my whole garden this spring is an illustration of grace. The harsh winter killed off very little. The starving rabbits chomped off all our clematis vines and tender shrubs right down to the ground, but most are returning. And I’m able to walk around the garden each morning and evening, and enjoy the miracle called Spring.

Blog Photo - Bachelors Button 2

The Purple-y-Blue Stuff — like this bachelor’s button — returned looking dapper.

Blog Photo - Bachelors Button 3

Yellow Stuff like these day lilies bloomed early for our region.

Blog Photo - Lilies yellow

And then there is Stuff that’s making me wait. Like the peonies and the poppies.

Blog Photo - Peony Buds Closer

Anticipation. Aspiration. Expectation. These things build character. Don’t they?

Blog Photo - Poppy buds

Perhaps it is time for some meditation.

Whether you garden or not, I hope your spring is going well.

By the way, these photos are entirely amateur, and I won’t identify the inept photo-taker (I simply can’t call her a ‘photographer’) in order to protect the guilty.  My wonderful photographer is busy with other things right now, but he will return.

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Dedicated to the memory of Donald Moore, one of the most patient and expert gardeners I’ve ever known.