spring garden 2013

the blooms and colours of spring in our yard don’t last long, but they’re so pretty for those fleeting few weeks.

the lilacs have been generous, and i’ve been able to bring some of the outdoors in this year.

{ that black lamp base on the right is an old project, you can read about it here }

and the tulip magnolia never disappoints. such a pretty tree.

{ more tulip magnolia photos here }

we’ve made some changes in the yard this year…

the old pine tree had to be cut down due to diplodia tip blight.

{ an old photo of the tree seen to the right of me }

the tree was over 30 years old, and i’ve been told that this disease is common in older pines likes ours. it was bittersweet to see the pine go. because of the blight, it would lose many needles, and some of limbs were becoming brittle. it was also planted worryingly close to house, and i would hold my breath a little during wind storms.  but it did provide us with shade, privacy, and the tree was stomping grounds for all kinds of critters and birds, like woodpeckers and the downward-hopping nuthatch.

the stump is still there, and the now sunny spot created behind is a new veggie garden. i’ve planted onions, sweet and hot peppers, and tomatoes.

{ the owls are still a bit startled by the change }

the herb garden is still where it was, at the edge of the deck. the trampoline on the right is new…

{ lavender, basil, chives, oregano, mint, cilantro, rosemary and limping parsley }

some less glamourous jobs have been completed, like laying new sod along the back garden. here’s just one corner…

the soil had been continually creeping over the years, so it’s nice to have a smaller more manageable space to plant some perennials flowers and ground cover. low maintenance is best. do you have suggestions for the shady spots? i have forget-me-nots, hostas and heuchera for now.

i’ve planted a new rose…

and a hydrangea…

{ the hydrangea should bloom later in the summer }

and old friends have come by again

the perennially present trillium is one of my favourites. the weather has been very hot and humid the past couple of days, and most of the blooms are wilting as i write this. and so it goes…

“things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.” – unknown

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6 Responses to spring garden 2013

  1. Tara Benwell says:

    Thank you for sharing your garden with us! I truly enjoyed the tour. I love your herb garden, and wish I could grow one. I never have much luck. This month I was thrilled to get some clippings from my brother’s garden in Cambridge. They inherited a prize garden (it was often in the news) when they bought their house. My sister-in-law is still learning what everything is. We had fun digging up a few perennials to put in my garden (and giving the flowers names since we don’t really know!). Her neighbour also donated some ferns and cool purple spreading things. And I found an old lady in her neighbourhood who sells perennials and donates the money to the SPCA. The plants all looked pretty sickly, but we figured I fed a puppy for a week or two. And, thanks to all of the rain, I’ve been able to keep my garden alive for almost two weeks!

    • imadeitso says:

      wow, your brother’s garden sounds beautiful. if there’s an article online about the garden, i’d love to have a peek. how fun to transplant some of their plants into your garden. and the mix of rain has definitely been helpful.

  2. Jess says:

    I love love love Tulip Magnolias. I want one in my yard! And those are beautiful Lilacs!

  3. Julie says:

    What a beautiful yard you have!!!!!!! How big is it??

    We spent some time outside yesterday, working on our garden, and taking out weeds, and putting mulch. We haven’t planted any annuals this year, but we do have some perennial plants that are going to bloom soon (I have no idea what they are!).

    I love your herb garden! We have a small one with chives, thyme, mint and spear mint. Where do you purchase lavender??

    • imadeitso says:

      a small herb garden is all we need. it can give so much sometimes that we have a hard time using it up. i got the lavender from my mom’s garden, but i know my local garden store carries them too. i like that they’re perennial.

      as for annuals, i haven’t planted any this year. i like to wait to see what decides to pop up naturally, then i fill in the gaps here and there.

      i’m not sure about the size of my yard exactly. typical suburban yard? now you’ve got me wondering, i’ll have to measure…

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