i wish spring lasted longer

If you’ve read previous posts, you know spring is my favorite time of year in the garden. It’s lush and colorful and full of “new” everywhere you look. Here are some pictures from our spring garden.

The fenced garden sits just north of the mulch pile. In the second picture, you can see our mountain of mulch. We usually don’t have that much, but had a few trees removed last year and this wonderful pile is the result of that work. 🙂

fenced garden

fenced garden

This clump of ‘May Night’ salvia sits just outside the gate to the fenced garden. And that’s a clump of lemon balm next to it. We’ll be pulling that out soon. It pops up all over the place. Looks beautiful in early spring, but quickly grows to gargantuan proportions. It would smother the salvia and anything else in its way.

fenced garden

This is blood sorrel. It’s in the fenced garden, along the path. I don’t care for the name, but it is a beautiful plant. And it’s edible. Can be used in salads.

blood sorrel

This mini geranium is in the center of the fenced garden. It’s in danger of being swallowed alive by the gold sedum. I am trying to decide where to move it. Somewhere it can be appreciated and not swamped by something larger. The entire plant is about four inches across.

mini geranium

The ceramic bunnies have been in the center of the fenced garden for five or six years. Before you know it, the sedum will cover the baby bunny.


The columbine is in full bloom right now. The tree that used to shade this bed was removed, so we may have to move these plants this year.


Pretty pink columbine near the kitchen door.


And this old fashioned columbine was a gift from my friend Margaret. Thank you, Margaret!



The rain we’ve had the past several days has knocked a lot of the dogwood blossoms off, but the rain was good for the yard, not to mention the farmers’ fields. And just look at all those iris buds!

flower bed

Hostas provide a beautiful accent in the garden. Their leaves make quite a statement. Here are ‘Samurai’ and ‘Waving Wuffles’ near the carport behind the house.

'Samauri' and 'Waving Wuffles'

‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake’ is a beautiful yellow in the spring that turns green later in the season.

Hosta 'Pineapple Upside Down Cake'

‘Squash Casserole’ was sheltered by an apple tree last year. But we had so much rain last spring that trees actually lost their grip and fell over, and the apple tree was one of those. So this beautiful (and fast growing!) hosta and its ‘Valentine Lace’ and ‘Lake Veronica’ neighbors will have to be moved soon. Not sure just yet where they are going to end up. ‘Squash Casserole’ seems to tolerate some sun, so we’ll keep that in mind as we ponder its future home.

'Squash Casserole'

This is ‘Northern Exposure.’ I’m partial to the hostas with variegated leaves.

'Northern Exposure'

Star of Bethlehem grows from a bulb and can overtake a garden bed. We dig them out as we come across them just to keep up with them, but are always happy to see them pop up in the grass and here and there in a flower bed. They make a pretty show. The bulb is poisonous, though, so keep that in mind if you plant them.

'Star of Bethlehem'

Star of Bethlehem is a spring flower. The leaves come up first, in what my family always called “Easter grass.” It makes clumps of beautiful green, even before the lawn grass greens in the spring. The perfect resting place for an Easter egg. After it flowers, the leaves quickly die back and the plant goes dormant until next spring.

A couple more shots and I’ll let you go…



I think I’ll head outside. It’s a shade cool, but I want to see if any new irises have opened. 🙂 ~~Rhonda


  1. Posted May 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    What lovely pictures! Your garden is pretty 🙂

  2. Vickie
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I love the tours of your yard (and house). It’s beautiful!

  3. sebastian
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    I like how despite the fact that your garden feels natural and informal at first glance, You pay attention to details and use consequence to keep it stylish.

    BTW what is that orangy-brown mulch on your beds? Do you put weed membrane underneath? (i’m not sure how it’s called in English)

  4. Posted May 2, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Sebastian, thanks for your comment on our garden. I am always glad to hear when someone has enjoyed it. We use shredded tree branches and bark for mulch. A friend has a tree trimming business and gives us all we need. The more orange looking mulch is oak leaves that have fallen on the bed in the fall. We leave them on as mulch and they do a fine job. Mulch, mulch, mulch! No substitute for it! Saves so much weeding and keeps the plants happy! ~~Rhonda 🙂

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