Fresh bouquets with heavenly scents. .
|Knock out roses starting to bloom. .I found 2 blossoms!|
Hidden surprises around every corner. .
|Red honeysuckle is loaded. .it will likely be in full bloom by the weekend!|
Promises of what's to come. .
|Clump of flat leafed parsely that overwintered nicely. It is along the sidewalk on the sunny west side of the house. The swallowtails will LOVE this. .and I might just learn to use it too.|
Growth and life. .
Never ending color explosions. .
|emerging butterfly milkweed. .the host plant for monarchs|
Nourishment for my soul in the visibility of nourishment for God's creatures. .
|Did I mention how MUCH I LOVE lilac scents??|
Fresh fragrances in the heavy evening air. .
Best of all. .
the end of darkness and dormancy and the desolation and despair of winter!!
Speaking of desolation and despair. .
I started on my memory garden this week.
The first thing that caught my eye when I walked into the garden center Sunday was a really large stone cross. .I had been thinking that I wanted to buy something that WOULDN'T die. .so I wouldn't feel totally bad if the other things that I bought to go in the garden didn't live through a long, hot summer!! Crazy logic? Maybe!! The really large cross seemed a little too "over the top". .but there were a couple of smaller ones next to it. .I thought it was quite appropriate for this garden! It stands about 1 1/2 feet tall and is H-E-A-V-Y. .to withstand wind and children!!
My friend Becky has a really gorgeous flowering quince tree in the corner of her yard. .that just so happened to draw the attention of an unusual hummingbird last spring. .for several days!! I have been contemplating that in the back of my mind since then. .it always has a great pop of color in the early spring, before much else is blooming. I found some at Stone Creek. .Double Take flowering quince-scarlet storm variety is a new variety to them this year. It should get 4-5 feet tall with double flowers AND tolerates dry soil once established as do the junipers. I bought 2 and planted them on the south section of the cedar fence. The blooms on them now are just fabulous!!
The last thing I bought for the garden before I ran out of memorial money and birthday money was a variegated rock cotoneaster. This is supposed to produce red berries in the fall/winter that will attract wildlife. The nursery worker thought that it would be the best thing for my area that they sold. It should get 2-3 feet tall, 5-8 feet wide. So it was planted toward the front of the bed, so I could easily see the wildlife on it. .It also has a really daintly, variegated leaf that will turn scarlet in the fall. I can hardly wait to watch this one!!
Hoping to get some mulching and weeding done this weekend after the clouds and sprinkles subside!
What's do YOU love about spring??