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Another Spring Garden Post Full of Pretty Pictures

Haha! Sorry about that wacky title, but I had to warn everyone that I would be posting about my garden again!

The weather has been so beautiful these past few weeks (high 60s/low 70s), with a gorgeous cool breeze that picks up the scents of my flowers and carries them indoors… because I have ALL the windows and doors open! :)

I can’t share any work-in-progress images of the painting that I’m currently working on, for 78Tarot’s 2nd deck: Nautical, because we signed a contract to keep it secret until they unveil the new deck next month.

So in the meantime, here are some pretty flower pictures for you!

My Hyacinths

pink hyacinths

pink hyacinths

Pink Hyacinth

I planted these in the fall of 2013, surrounding my former birdbath. Unfortunately, the birdbath had been badly damaged, the bowl was crumbling into bits and no longer held water, so we had to replace it this spring with a new one.

Here is how my garden appears today. :)
My new birdbath and hyacinths

I have a small scattering of grape hyacinth bulbs, too, which look lovely growing among the daffodils.

Grape Hyacinths

Grape Hyacinths and Daffodils

My Daffodils

Miniature Daffodils

I have a few varieties of daffodils, including miniature daffodils which are only 4″ tall, which I planted this past autumn. I didn’t realize how tiny they actually were until a few weeks ago! They are really cute!

The large white daffodils are only now beginning to bud, so I haven’t photographed them yet.

There are several groundcover plants in this photo (below), including my creeping phlox, pink dianthus, and catmint. Most of these plants remained green all winter! I am hoping to divide and share my groundcovers throughout the rest of the garden, and remove the final patch of grass that remains between my birdbath and the dry creek bed.

Daffodils and ground covers

Purple Gem Rhododendron and daffodils

My Purple Gem Rhododendron (on the left) was left for dead in a garden center dumpster, but we rescued it, and nursed it back to health. It will eventually become a 2′-3′ shrub, but it hasn’t grown much over the past year.
Here it is hanging out with my daffodils.

Another poor plant that doesn’t get much attention is the Siberian Cypress I purchased last spring. It has, however, done a fantastic job as a low-growing evergreen that thrives in shade and doesn’t bother its neighbors (unlike the Bleeding Heart monster…).

Siberian Cypress evergreen

My Bleeding Heart

Ah, my Bleeding Heart! What can I possibly say about you that hasn’t already been said.

Look how sweet and innocent you seem… This photo was taken on April 9th, and I guarantee by next week, you will be over 3′ high.
Bleeding Heart Bush

You are a beast and a bully. You grow by leaps and bounds each spring, engulfing everything in your path, and threatening to swallow the house! And nothing can live beneath your dense shade.

Which is why I’ve decided to separate you from the poor plants you devour, by placing this large stump between you and the pitiful Montauk Daisy struggling to live in your shadow. This photo was taken on April 15th, and you can already see the Bleeding Heart’s eager growth. :P

Bleeding Heart, stump, Montauk Daisy

I did divide the Bleeding Heart last fall, so now I have two potential monster threats in my garden! The other half of The Heart is growing in the small 4′ strip of lawn between my sidewalk and my neighbors’ property line. These plants need to be divided every 3-5 years, so I might need to be rescued someday from my Bleeding Heart jungle!

Here is a better look at one of my Montauk Daisies. I am always tickled to see perennials return in good health!
Even the Bleeding Heart…. I suppose. ;)

Montauk Daisy

A friend gifted me with this Pink Almond bush last spring, which we originally planted in the backyard. After a few months of indecision, we swapped out the Flowering Quince and brought the smaller Pink Almond to the front garden. The quince has new leafy growth too, and now resides in a better location out back ~ with room to stretch.

The Almond’s blooms will open soon!
Pink Almond buds

My English Daisies, Hosta, and Jacob’s Ladder

I grew these tiny daisies from seeds last spring, and they bloomed most of the summer and fall, with a few hardy plants managing to bloom even in December!
I was so excited when they appeared again this spring, even though they *are* perennials, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
I am just relieved to see that my seed-growing efforts were not in vain! :)

English Daisy

English Daisy

The hostas that were planted last spring are also emerging….

Hosta New Growth

And my beautiful Jacob’s Ladder plants, that look like miniature ferns! I really loved these short-lived flowers in spring, although they are supposed to re-bloom in autumn if you deadhead them, mine did not.
I do plan to pick up a few more of them from my local nursery because they were simply gorgeous. :)

Jacob's Ladder plant growth

My Tulips

Lastly, my white tulips opened yesterday! I have a few additional tulip varieties that are sporting green leaves but no stalks yet. Last spring, my pink tulips never bloomed; they were planted too late in the season, though, so I am holding my breath that they might this year.

White Tulips

White Tulips

White tulips in garden

And that’s all for now, folks! :)

I promise to continue sharing garden pictures as the season progresses. I don’t need an excuse to spend an afternoon among my flowers; you’d have a more difficult time keeping me indoors when so much beauty is right outside my doorstep. :)

If you are curious about my Cottage Garden Project, feel free to meander through my Garden posts category, but be sure to check out my original post from last year ~ “Beginnings of a Cottage Garden: First Spring”, to see how much my little project has grown in 12 months. :)

You can also see more images of my cottage garden project here, in my Flickr album.

Tara Fly

About Tara Fly

A Crazy Cat Lady ... who divides her time between painting portraits of cats dressed in period costumes, watching BBC mini-series, growing weeds and wildflowers, and baking pumpkin pies seasoned with cat hair. Would you like some fur-flavoured coffee?

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