Gardening season has finally arrived though the sun’s warmth still lags a few weeks behind. Nonetheless, I’ve been rejuvenated by getting earth on my hands, the chorus of encouragement from the birds and satisfaction of falling into bed at night tired and sore in muscle groups I forgot I had.
This has been a huge spring in the yard. Recall we bought our home 2 1/2 years ago as a blank slate with nary a plant in the yard. This spring’s been a blast, with 9 new trees planted, the entire east side of the home dug up and ripe for planting and the woodland in the backyard’s bones further laid out by Pete’s love for digging and moving dirt about.
The light was positively lovely the other evening. I stepped out and snapped a few pic for you:
A Black Tulip Magnolia now graces the backyard. Her rich, purple flowers are divinely scented:
The raised beds are plump with winter greens.
Living in a Zone 8 climate is a privilege. Hearty pansies overwinter and added color during the dark winter days. Pansies and violas are one of my fave flowers.
Unfortunately, slugs share an affection for them as well. My strategy is to plant TONS so we can both enjoy them.
Kale and parsley:
Our little Orcas pear tree is strong and really budding out this spring.
Wee pea sprouts. I remembered to cover with anti-bird netting this year. Last year I forgot and later realized the lack of sprouts indicated I was feeding the critters. A learning process this gardening thing is. I’ll remove the netting today.
Honeysuckle makes an entrance. This pink variety I planed a couple of summers ago. It’s been slow to gain size. Might warrant a move if that is the case again this year. I also need to be sure I am pruning it correctly.
The tangled mass of swampy brambles is transforming to our vision of a woodland garden. We added in a clump of birch, a vine and a japanese maple and a weeping birch this spring. The native willows have lovely leaves and provide pretty shade and screening but these trees are very short-lived. Deciding what to plan to fill in and replace them, eventually, is on our mind. Bushy stuff will also be planted along the back fence to help with screening, hiding the ugly fence and to replace critter habitat.
I etched in a new corner for shade-loving plants, a new forsythia, an old fashioned rose, and the Japanese maple. See the wee-red leaflets starting to appear on the maple?
Fresh, pale green leaflets on the new weeping birch:
“Maggie” the Magnolia has lost her blooms. Leaves start to fill in.
Our raspberries promise great yields this year.
Seed flats of nasturtium, sunflowers (learned that lesson last summer when the birds ate all my direct sowed seeds), kale, and calendula.
A flowering quince was on my bucket list. This is the Storm Pink variety. It’s thornless, should stay under 5′ and has the loveliest pink blossoms. It’s destined for the front yard between the new Japanese Stewartia Tree and in front of the foil of a hinoki cypress .
Forget me nots. Is there anything more cheery?
New fuchsias wait for a home in a shady spot.
It’s going to be a delightful gardening season. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you.