My Mom’s house is surrounded with spectacular gardens that she has been working on for the past twenty something years. I never really planned on having a big garden myself, but every year I find myself planing more and more flowers. I can see now where I inherited my love of gardens from!
The back yard is home to a lush shade garden. But even further back, down past the pebble path, the tree house I used to play in can be spotted beneath the giant maple tree.
Following the curvy grass path brings you to the front yard and a pond that’s loaded with water plants.
I’ve grown to really like Tulips. They never were one of my top favorite flowers, but I like that they seem to stay in bloom longer than any of my other bulbs, which bloom for a couple days and then turn into what looks like an old brown tissue. This fall I am going to plant an absurd amount of them and watch my yard explode with tulips when the spring comes.
This pointy white one must have came in the variety pack I bought, even though the picture didn’t show any like this. I’ve never seen a pointy leaf tulip before. I hope he comes back next year.
(Not a tulip, I just liked how this other plant looked!)
Another reason tulips are good: Their leaves fall off one by one while they’re still colorful, and never once look like a dried brown tissue.
I saw this bee hanging out while I was taking tulip pictures. It’s rare to see an actual honey bee these days!
I am always amazed at how quickly winter turns into spring. How one day you see some green poking up through the dirt, and then barely a week later. Flowers everywhere.
This Hummingbird Moth loved the flowers!
And just as quickly as they bloomed, the flowers faded away. Not to be seen again for another year. I love these flowers that fill the front garden with giant splotches pf color. I just wish the blooms stayed longer.
Many Streets downtown are lined with cheery trees and for a few weeks each spring, there is a glorious display of light pink cherry blossoms.
These particular trees are right outside my office window at work. I’ve never had a desk near a window before so I was quite overjoyed to be looking at these trees every day. One day they were looking so pretty I had to race right back there after going home to get my camera so I could take some pictures. .
I love walking along the city sidewalks, underneath all the blossoms. I just wish the trees stayed in bloom longer. A few days after I took these photos, some huge storms came through and all the flowers were washed away. I wish flowering trees kept their blooms all summer.
The first frost arrived last week. It was a month late this year.
The weather has been strange; unusually warm, and it hasn’t rained since early October.
I just hope it snows this year!
One of my favorite things to happen in the spring is the Phlox exploding into bloom.
I can’t believe how much they have grown in the last few years. Now they look like giant pillows made out of flowers.
When we first started dreaming up a garden for the very front of the house, I knew I wanted to have plenty of Phlox draping over the rock wall.
We bought some of every color.
My favorite is this one, called candy stripe, which is sometimes hard to find.
I planted these tulip bulbs last fall, I love how full and plump they look!
I just wish that they bloomed for longer than couple weeks.
What are some of your favorite flowers to see in the spring?
During the long dark winter nights when I’m stuck inside, I like to dream about my garden to keep from going stir crazy.
On my mind this year are cottage style gardens like this one. With all kinds of flowers, overflowing with tall colorful blooms. This year I have high hopes for growing a beautiful garden of wildflowers. Here are some of my ideas!
I love how foxgloves and irises look together. I started some foxgloves by seed inside, hopefully I started them early enough so they’ll flower in the spring.
One day I hope to have a glorious iris collection. I have been adding a few new colors to my garden each year, they’re so pretty!
I think allium is such a striking plant. I bought a pack of bulbs last fall and I can’t wait to see how they look this spring!
Cone flowers like these pink ones are another one of my favorites. I bought a few clumps of them last spring so hopefully they made it through the winter and will grow back even bigger.
I hope that my garden will look as full and lush as this one does. I have had some pretty dismal attempts in the past!
The first year I started all my seeds inside, but I only had room for so many so I didn’t have as many plants as I would like, but it still ended up pretty. The next year I planted them all directly in the ground, but then a late frost hit so it killed most of them off. Last year I waited too long to plant them and they took forever to grow.
This year I am going to buy a whole bunch of wildflower seed packets and put some directly in the ground, and also start some inside, so hopefully this will finally be the year for my wildflower garden!
Does anybody else have any garden plans for this spring?
I had heard of Gladiolus flowers before, but I didn’t really know anything about them, and I never thought about growing them. But one day early this spring, Steven saw 40 Gladiolus bulbs at Lowe’s for 9 dollars. The picture on the bag looked pretty and it sounded like a good deal so we went for it! We planted the bulbs around the garden and watched as the leaves sprouted up out of the ground over the course of a few months. Finally around the beginning of July, they started to flower! We were very pleased with how they turned out.
I think the buds look pretty neat before the flowers pop out.
We planted single bulbs in different locations, instead of planting a clump. When they get bigger I think I will divide them up and put all different colors together.
I just love this buttery yellow color.
My favorite was this pink one that had some yellow markings in the middle.
Gladiolus is now one of my favorite flowers! Hopefully these bulbs will survive the winter, because I can’t wait to see them again next year.
These were taken about a month ago when my spring flowers were in full bloom. I didn’t post them then, because my brain was being weird and convinced me I was waiting for something before I posted them. Since I have no idea what I was supposedly waiting for, here they are!
The Phlox are my favorite, I only wish they bloomed for longer than a couple weeks!
The lawn was also filled with pretty flowers!
This flower garden is only two years old and I can’t believe how much everything has grown! See my post from last year for some before and after shots.
Did you plant any flowers this spring?
Last fall I planted 40 crocus and many hyacinth bulbs in the backyard. I love planting bulbs, how these strange brown onion looking things get plonked deep into the ground where they stay hidden, until springtime prompts them to turn into beautiful flowers. It seems like magic!
The first crocuses to pop up were all yellow and I was pretty disappointed because I bought what was supposed to be a variety pack. But soon enough all kinds of different colors started coming up!
I love the simple little stripes
I was also excited to have so many different colors of hyacinth, but like a dummy I never got around to taking pictures of them.
My favorite were all the cute colors of crocus that popped up around the veggie garden fence
This one was my favorite crocus
I can’t wait to see them all again next year!