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May 15, 2013

Sunny Spring Mornings!

Every morning I love to have my coffee and enjoy seeing the woods and my garden plants come alive!  
I know a lot of you are way ahead of me, but this is where we are at right now.

It doesn't look like much but the Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra) is blooming with it's little flowers right now, and the Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) 
has come alive!

I love how the sun was highlighting the Sweet Woodruff and how it seemed to glow beneath the Japanese Maple

This is a great shade loving plant and spreads with no effort and it's not hard to control if it moves where you don't want it!

I love how the moss is highlighted too...I can see it from the kitchen and it looks so interesting!  We never planted any of it.  It just appeared on it's own.

The ferns are growing in leaps and bounds

The grass is tall enough for it's first cutting....

The trillium have been blooming all week...so pretty to see their bright white faces in the woods!

A bright moment in my day...the elusive Baltimore Oriole visits...The moment I snapped the picture it flew off.  A very hard subject!
I didn't know they were attracted to my suet feeders.  It has some fruit and fruit flavoring in it which is drawing them in.  The female was here yesterday afternoon...she blends in so well to the scenery it's hard to notice her!

On the pathway my Jack Frost (Brunnera Macrophylla) are just getting going.  The cute White Crowned sparrows that are visiting and scratching through the mulch and literally littering the walkway with it!  I'm going to have to show them a broom!

Daffodils and soon tulips (or what's left of them)!  
A rabbit has eaten off 7 of my 12 tulips!  Not happy!

Out front the daffodils have been blooming

Tulips are popping up daily and I've inspected the little lilacs and they are forming flower heads!  

Last Saturday we made our way to a couple of the local garden centers.  I've staged them on my garden way card and have been acclimating them.  It looks like we're going to have some safe night time temps so I may jump in and plant them this weekend.  
I've decided to go with wax begonias around the fountain area.  I'll miss the impatiens plants but with the uncertainty of getting that Impatiens Downy Mildew I've decided I was going to have to avoid them.

Out the window from my office I see my Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry 
(Cerezo var. "Snolozam") tree is starting to bloom too!   

How's your spring coming along? 

I'll be joining 
Fishtail Cottage
Garden Party #3


  1. How lovely it all is. I can imagine it must be a delight to have morning coffee as you look to see what is 'up' in your garden. Up here, spring is in full force. Heavy rain has bowed many plants, but they'll pop back up with a little warmth and sunshine.

  2. Your garden is lovely and I love the way the light is shining through your japanese maple! So beautiful...I'm sure you enjoy your garden walks so much! They are therapy for me! Happy Spring finally!!
    Miss Bloomers

  3. Your garden is looking so wonderful after waking up. I love your ferns all ready to unfurl! We had a great spate of about two days good weather (good for around here) and now my heating is back on, the plants are back in the greenhouse and as I look outside there are more storms. When will the good weather ever arrive. Thank you for letting me see some sunny pictures. xx

  4. Not a bad place to have a cup of coffee, I'd say. And look at those trillium! Gorgeous.
    I can't believe you have the willpower to not buy the impatiens. Especially with as many as you usually grow!
    I planted 96 of them last weekend. I'm thinking good thoughts. I'll cry if they get that creepin' crud.

  5. I'm only about as far along as you are. It definitely has been a very late year. The Hosta are what is taking off the most around here in the last week, but already some freeze/frost damage on some of those.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  6. What a lovely garden, I love it! Hugs Cristina

  7. You are just a week or two behind us here in Scotland. Isn't spring a wonderful time.
    I do like your weeping cherry. I'm on the look out for a Cherry this year I must investigate! You have a beautiful garden and I do like that little trolley with your display of plants.

  8. It's all so breathtaking. I love how the moss is randomly growing. It's perfect. Very happy to visit today :)

  9. I hope you linked this at my "Open House". Your garden is lovely.

  10. Fabulous growth..so much lush green everywhere blazing in the sun.

  11. I enjoyed my visit to your garden. The light was lovely.

  12. I missed this post earlier, Liz. What a contrast to your winter photos! Did you know that the white trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario? I feel right at home. :)



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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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