This past spring was on the the prettiest I can remember. Our Indiana weather was fantastic. After long months of cold winds here at the lake, it was paradise to be outside again. For whatever reason, I did not seem to take many pictures of my bulbs blooming. Not that I had that many. I do remember being upset because my beds were so low on mulch and looked messy. That is a silly reason, but on camera we seem to notice every flaw don’t we? It turned out to be a very good thing, because my seed germination rate was fantastic. I am low on mulch this year as well, as the last time I bought any was for the garden tour day in June.
So I thought it would be nice to remember the year, and all the lovely things we shared. I included this first photo to show you my hubby’s grass. See we have struggled to get out grass to fill in since we did so much dirt work building our home. This past spring it finally started looking like a lawn!
It seems like we always have so many things to do as soon as the weather warms up. Something that was on my list was to travel to a garden 50 miles away to “take all you want!” What a fun experience that was. I lady my hubby works with now lives in her mothers home and “is not a gardener”. So she was not sure what she had, but it needed to be cleaned out…. and boy, did I ever help. An entire truck bed of plants and best of all a free arbor! It was in need of a new leg, but now it looks great at our front walk. If anyone ever has a chance like that, take them up on it or call me…. lol. It was so much fun to see things bloom and figure out what all I had.
There you can see my free arbor… and how pretty Purple Sensation Alliums were up the walk. This was the first time I have planted them. I think I had 15… now I think I have planted at least 100. They were so fantastic.
The odd thing is that all the hostas you see here I gave away. They were getting to large and a bit too much sun, and I never found one allium bulb to save. So whomever got a hosta gets a surprise! I love that when I get plants and something else pops up too….don’t you?
This pasque flower is a funny little thing. The first year it barely bloomed, but in early May it was covered with fuzzy blooms last spring. It kind of disappears when it warms up, but definitely worth a spot towards the front for it’s spring show.
This is an heirloom hearty geranium that came from my MIL’s garden. She gave me three little sticks with almost no roots… and in three years it has covered a 4 foot circle. It is such a pretty little bloom and delicate leaves. Almost looks like an ivy. I have never seen another one like it around here, but it is a treasure in my garden.
This lovely lady is Dorothy Rose Columbine. I had never grown any columbine, but my first year out here I found this at a small nursery. The lady insisted I try it and I am so glad I did. I love plants that bloom over a long period, but really, this color and shape is worth waiting for next year.
I saw lupine on a blog once I started following them and just had to try it. Then after buying the seed I read how hard they are to grow in Southern Indiana. But for two years this patch here has bloomed. I have the pink kind as well, but it is much smaller and only one bloom…. hope it makes it because they are so pretty and unusual here. It was a hit at the garden tour.
This is another plant that you don’t see much, if at all. It was labeled Bush Honeysuckle, but I believe it to be a weigelia of some sort. All I can say is it is a beautiful bright pink with so many blooms you would not believe it. I have two of them from a mail order catalog and they were a dollar a piece! They have took off and really filled in from tiny twigs! I think they might be “Pink Princess” but they are show stoppers for sure.
By late May the garden was ablaze, but so was the road! These wildflowers in my rock garden were so pretty. The self proclaimed “I don’t like yellow” gardener… sure does have a lot of that color in her garden…. Maybe that is because I just cannot say no to a plant or seeds!
Did you notice I updated my page to say “Waiting for an Early Spring!” Wishful thinking I know. But it can’t help to ask!
Happy Gardening, and Happy New Year!
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