Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Front Yard: 2/26/15

I'm alive.  Finally.  I felt SO much better on Thursday.  Even ate a bit of dinner with the fam.  Then I woke up early Friday morning feeling like I was going to die again.  I spent another entire day in bed.  All in all, I pretty much lost a whole week.  And now I'm playing catch up.  With everything.  Emails, blog reading, blog writing, laundry, the disaster inside of my house, the groceries inside my fridge that are rotting away, etc.  I've never been so sick in all my life.

Anyway, Saturday, I woke up feeling like I was finally back to normal.  So what did I do?  Spent the whole day spreading compost throughout the entire yard.  Front, back, side, parking strip.  Ya know, 'cause takin' it slow just ain't in my vocabulary.  I thought for sure I'd wake up this morning feeling like I was run over by a train, but I actually felt pretty darn good.  In fact, I made a run to Joy Creek Nursery, to reward myself for all my hard work.  :)

Wanna know what I bought?  Two Clematis.  Oshikiri and Belle of Woking.  Eeeee.  I can't wait to see them bloom.  I also bought a plant from a neighbor who is having to move unexpectedly.  It's a pink current.  As in, the fruit is pink.  I'm pretty gosh darned excited about that one, too.  It's called Ribes rubrum, 'Gloire des Sablons'.

On Thursday, during one of my, I-feel-better, moments, I popped out front with my camera.  

I planted some new bulbs in the fall, that I picked up from Winco, and I was excited to see the first of them blooming.  How cute are these tiny iris?!  There was one yellow, but he became a slug's lunch. I may have cussed a tiny bit.

Speaking of slugs, this Hellebores is taking a beating.
This is a baby off one of my mom's plants.
It's only a couple years old.

I lifted up one of the flowers to take a picture and found this.

He died.

The mini daffodils are so stinkin' cute I can hardly stand it
They're all bloomin' solid right now.

My Daphne is solid flowers, too, and smells sooooo good.
I have it right by the front steps.

In the same bed is a Euphorbia that I bought 'cause The Dad likes them.
I think it smells like cat pee.

Another baby off that same Hellebores.  
For whatever reason, this one is more white.

A garden turtle.

The Lungwort is just barely starting to bloom.

I got a free, you-dig, tree off our neighborhood Facebook page.
She said it's a variegated maple, but didn't know the name.
I said, I'll take it!  
I'm so excited to see the first leaves unfurl.
I put it in a pot, since I'm not sure how big it'll get.  
I'm assuming it's a Japanese maple, but still, there's such a variance in size.
Maybe I'll get lucky and the leaves will make it easy to identify.

One of my happy primroses that comes back every year.

Maddie's tree.
Everyone in the family has a potted tree.
My mom got this on their last trip to the Rock Farm with her last month, when they stopped to let her out to pee.
So now, it's officially Maddie's tree.

Hyacinths, peeking out.

And last, the Forsythia is putting on its annual show.
It's so dang pretty.

So I think that's it for now.
Spring has sprung, let the excessive photo taking begin.


  1. Hi Mindy,
    I'm glad to hear you are starting to feel better. Your garden photos put a smile on my face. It is still very winter like here. Seeing daffodils gave me hope for the coming Spring. Everything looks so happy! And I love Maddie's tree. That's perfect!

  2. I see Spring coming to life in your yard! So so pretty!
    LOVE seeing the daffodils and iris . . . as those always look like Spring to me. After seeing your post, I think I need to go to my nursery in search of adding Spring to my humble garden!!
    And Mindy! Why did you jump back into life full-speed after being so sick? It's so easy to re-lapse, especially after having the flu. I hope that you took it easy over the weekend!
    Hope your Monday is a great one!

  3. So glad you're feeling better. Those Iris reticulata are great early spring bloomers, I need some too. I like Euphorbia, but they do smell pretty stinky.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear you have been so sick, no fun, glad you are starting to feel better. We haven't been hit with the flu, thank goodness, Knock on wood. The boys all had a bad cold and cough but got over it in a few days. Your yard is looking amazing! We have had rain all weekend so hopefully all our old blooms will start coming up soon!

  5. I'm glad to hear that you're feeling much better and not slowing down a bit, it sounds! How much fun to go to a nursery this time of year and buy clematis! Your garden is so much more ahead of ours here in SC. Daffodils only after such a horribly cold winter. Love living in your garden through your photos!!!

  6. Life is good when you're feeling up to it.
    I have daff envy, so love your daffodils.
    Enjoy being back in the land of the living, girl!

  7. Spring has sprung indeed! Look at all of this goodness! Loving those little daffs! They are so adorable!!! And I can't wait to see your new clematis blooming! Glad you are moving and shaking once more friend...and making up for lost time by spreading compost!! I need to get a bunch to spread this year as well! Happy gardening you lucky girl! We are under an ice/snow watch for tomorrow! Fun times! Nicole xo

  8. I'm so jealous of your Joy Creek excursion. They have the best clematis selection evah. And I used to live just over the hill from it ~ makes me a little teary eyed that it's not a hop and a skip from home anymore. The place is looking great and I love the little daffodils. I've been keeping my eye out for garden art like your little turtle. It is so cute.

  9. Wow, look at all of your garden blooms. Spring has arrived in your yard.

  10. We are SO blessed to have a long and leisurely spring.


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