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April 20, 2015

Spring

I am so grateful to see the snow all gone and signs of spring popping up.

Tulips and daffodils are on their way up too and it's going to be raining on and off this week so I expect them to grow quickly!

The last two weekends have been fabulous and I got some raking done on the garden beds.  


It all looks so naked!  Before long this will be flooded with hostas, coral bells, and astilbe.
We dug out the pee-gee hydrangea tree that was here and moved it out front last fall.  Hoping it comes back with vigor and blooms better than ever.  It definitely wasn't happy in the spot I first chose for it.

Dan decided to burn the old burlap that some of the shrubs were covered in.  He's blown off all the debris since I took the picture.  It always amazes me how much crud appears after the winter since we left it all cleaned up and tidy last fall.  This fire pit is a propane gas cylinder cut down into rings and then the design cut-outs are created.  It's nearly 4 foot across!  We always have some branches and sticks to burn that fall from the trees.  

I've relocated the little cottage for my fairy garden.  I can walk up to it here and play around with it more easily.  I've got a bad knee and find getting down at ground level to be much more difficult these days.  These are thoughts I've dreamt about doing through the winter.  

We've brought out the lawn furniture and I've set up my black planters on the deck this year.  They were new last year and I had them out on the patio but I decided to try them here this time. The squirrels keep eating away at our deck- they've literally taken chunks of it and have ruined the stairs.  We don't know what they're attracted to but it's really becoming annoying!  The only thought we have is that during the winter we use a salt mix to melt the ice and make it safer to get in and out of our home.  Perhaps it's the salt their going for?

Here is a link to a post from last year showing how different this all looks!

It's been an easy going spring around here and I'm looking forward to the summer months as I'm sure all of you are!


 

10 comments:

  1. Liz, I have often thought about , how can it be so messy when it was all clean before winter. I still have some cleaning to do. It's been chilly here...raining on and off. I am ready for more warm days. :) Wishing you fun days too. xoxo,Susie

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  2. Liz- That is going to be so beautiful when it all springs to life. It is cold and rainy here today- high in the 40's. Our lawn is almost greened up now- finally. Hope you have a great week!!! xo Diana

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  3. I wish I had a Spring like yours. No Ma'am. Here it just wakes one morning and Spring is in full bloom.
    No stages, no tiny steps, just craziness all around ahahahah
    Nice but I'd rather have yours let's find this and that coming to life.
    I know how lovely you'll turn everything to. Looking forward to see. I'm doing a Liz ;) and going to have another fountain in the backyard :happy dance:. With flowers all around.I need to see what plants can handle full blown sun and hot temperatures (August is Las Vegas in my backyard ahahah)
    Thank you for always inspiring,
    Teresa

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  4. Wonderful looking garden...bare and ready for the plants and flowers to show up now....wet and flooded here again.

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  5. I'm a new follower, and I can't wait to see all that you do. My hubby and I have spent lots of time cleaning up our beds this spring, and have plans for new plantings this season, but I'm always looking for new ideas. You already reminded me about astilbe, that I could use in my pine bed. I usually have annuals in containers spread out in the yard for color...much easier to garden that way with a touchy back! ;)

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  6. Liz, I think about your pretty gardens every year; and I can't wait to see it in all of its glory this year! I just went back and looked at your post from last year and showed it to my hubby. I told him he has work to do! Lol!

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  7. Hi Liz, your yard is so close to being in full springtime form and it will be gorgeous once again. You have the prettiest gardens. Great pics. We are bracing for storms with high winds and hail. The rain is great for my blooms but not the hail!!
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, CM

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  8. I'm so glad to hear spring is finally in your neck of the woods!!! I look forward to following along with your gardening adventures this year.

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  9. Looks like you have a good start. We haven't been able to burn here for decades. I was outside working on my ugly duckling chair. Perfect day for spraying, no wind! Supposed to get up to 70 this week. Time to open up the outdoor shower!

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