Warming days means digging in the dirt and our flower season is revving up, too. Last week I got out and made a lot of progress in my planting. There was a lot going on in the garden, so get ready for a picture heavy post. In the flowerbed, the tulips are still going nicely, such a pretty pink!
The redbud is lovely, and alive with pollinators.
Looking closely, Jack is sitting in the bottom with his snack.
My Sweet Babboo brought my potting bench up so I could work on getting the plants from my recent haul at the bargain rack into pots.
I started with the hanging baskets, putting sweet yellow and red pansies in them. I had enough of these for four plants per pot. I hope they grow well and will give me color all summer.
I put the lithodora in a little pot that usually goes inside the birdcage.
I’ve had this birdcage for several seasons. I got it at an auction, and painted it – Upcycling an Iron Birdcage. I didn’t think the top could be removed, but when it was blown over in the wind earlier this year, it displaced the cuppola shaped top. So, when I was looking at it, I realized that the top could indeed be removed, which will allow me to put a larger planter inside.
I decided on the green pot, and put a golden celosia with some miniature violas in purple and white in it. The pot was lowered into the cage and then the top was replaced. I put it near the front door, along with another iron stand with two colors of little pansies. I was going to replant those in other pots, but it was so nice just as it was, so I just removed the broken hanger and left them as they were.
One of the geraniums that was overwintered in the Carolina room had a lot of space in its pot. So, I put some burgundy violas with it.
Now that pot is full, it’s the one on the right. On the top left is the bleeding heart.
It put out another sweet spray of pretty pink hearts with white teardrops. It looks like even more are on the way.
The lone female wild turkey stopped by, so she got a few bites of bread.
Some of my seedlings were planted in this planter this year. Last year I had them in pots on the veranda. This planter box gets lots of sun and will help my tomatoes and squash, basil and parsley grow nicely.
The pot on the edge has golden celosia and little purple violas.
Rain was coming, so I cleaned up and put everything away right as it began to sprinkle. The next morning, fog was heavy in the valley, creating such a neat view out my kitchen window.
The azaleas are beginning to bloom. My favorite white one is pristine this year with no frost damage. So pure and pretty, with lots of bees taking advantage of the pollen bounty.
Next to it, this intense pink one is coming out.
I love this lighter pink one, too.
Lots more buds on all three of these, so the coming week will see them explode. And there are azaleas all down the drive yet to bloom as well.
I also think I saw the little fairy moving his home again, and it remains to be seen where he’ll decide to live this year. So, the veranda is coming along, with more green to celebrate the warming days.
I looked closely in the area inside the circle on the driveway, and I found the two lady slippers again. It looks like the fairy has touched the ground here again, and they are putting up buds to bloom. This is a real thrill as they are impossible to cultivate. They need a particular combination of sun and shade, plus the action of a particular soil fungus to propagate and survive. To have one was special, to have two is magical.
What is happening in your garden?