I took a vacation day today just so I could begin my spring garden chores. #1 on my list was to completely remove everything from the tiny garden under my living room window. Last fall I took this pic and placed it in my "to do" file:
There is actually a lot more in this area than you see in this fall photo. It is FULL of Star of Bethlehem, a lovely white spring flower, but VERY invasive. Years ago my neighbor gave me a sack full of bulbs. Had I known that they were such invasive thugs, I would never have planted them! They have taken over every area I planted them in. Today, with the help of my recently-retired husband, I finally removed them from this area.
Isn't this beautiful? :)
So clean! Underneath the new top soil I planted Tropicannas and yellow calla lilies--not exactly what I had noted on the first photo. Unfortunately I did not have enough peach cannas to plant this space. The yellow callas will bloom first and the Tropicannas will have gorgeous foliage with orange blooms in mid-August. I am excited to see what this new planting will produce!
Just a few feet away from this area I have some yellow tulips in bloom:
It felt so good to be outside working -- even though it was only 60 degrees today. For me that is the perfect temperature for hard physical outside work. I dug up a lot of plants today. My old muscles are complaining just a tad right now. :)
I will show you some other garden areas tomorrow. I hope you all have a great weekend!
DH and I celebrated his recent retirement with two days in Michigan's
upper peninsula. I got up at 6:15 AM--just in time to capture this beautiful sunrise over the bay from my hotel room window:
What a breathtaking way to start the day!
We have had lovely weather for the past five days. Unfortunately I have been working, so I have not been able to get out and spend much time in the garden. I don't see where I will have any extra time for the next couple of weeks. DH does not seem to take much interest in the gardens, so I don't know what will happen with them this year. I expect I will have to get rid of many of them. Only time will tell.
It's been forever since I designed a spring wreath. Early this morning I was suddenly struck with the desire to do so. The only idea floating around my head was to make a burlap bunting with the word "spring".
So I went in search of my burlap fabric. About a month ago I cleaned my sewing room, hauling the majority of my fabric to the basement. Now I can't find any of the fabric I know I have. It's so frustrating! In this case, though, it turned out to be a positive thing. While searching I spotted some pink birdhouses with a leopard-fabric roof and decided to go with a leopard fabric bunting instead.
There's a little bird down at the bottom.
I love how the wreath turned out. I did not spend a penny to buy anything new. Gotta love that!
The only Easter decorating I did this year was in the dining room. I showed you my chair backs a few posts down. Today I will show you the rest of the dining room.
Bunnies and carrots on top of this cabinet.
A white fenced real egg Easter tree on top of this curio cabinet.
The cabinet with the bunnies on top has quite a few real eggs inside it.
Here is a cluster of three green eggs.
Look at these spikes!
I like the spike decorations and put them a number of eggs. Here is another one:
It almost looks like a medieval weapon!
This old sugar shell has a much less sinister-looking egg tucked inside:
This egg reminds me of a ballerina.
I decorated this room when I was contemplating having an Easter brunch at my home. Then I decided that I did not feel like doing all that work. So nobody but my blogland friends will actually see it. :)
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.