Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I'm So Excited!

I really am. I love this time of year. Yesterday the weather was perfect for puttering. I spent the entire afternoon moving existing plants around to make room for new plants waiting on my patio, all the while discovering new growth popping up here and there while listening to the birds twittering. Pure bliss!

Today it's raining. Perfect for watering everything in.

And now,  a few photos.

I bought this wildflower, Grass Widow, last year. I planted it in a pot and look at it now! I'm so pleased.

Olsynium douglasii or Grass Widow

Generally I'm not a fan of yellow flowers but these early Cowslips (Primula) make me happy.

Primula veris

The fragrance wafting from the Star Magnolia blossoms was really pleasant.

Blurry photo of Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' blossom and buds.

My very first spring-blooming Clematis is almost ready.

Clematis macropetala 'Markam's Pink' buds!

A volunteer lungwort, Pulmonaria 'Reginald Kaye'

The first tiny red flower bud on Ribes speciosa. I am so excited!

More bulbs to plant. Thank you Costco!

Helleborus foetidus bloom with Nandina foliage color echo.

I never noticed the unique yellow coloring on this red-barked Cornus. Pretty cool, isn't it?
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

I hope spring is happening in your neck of the woods. Any surprises to report?


  1. I've really enjoyed these beautiful days in the garden. I was hoping for one more today but like you said, it is good for the numerous plants I have been moving around. I planted a Cornus 'Midwinter Wife' last fall. It is still just a stick.

  2. Gracie girl ... yet again you drive me bonkers with how you are in SPRING and what cute plants are smiling at you now .. BIG sigh !
    It is snowing here .. nuff said ? LOL
    I love that blue eyed grass .. I used to have some ... I think I need some more again ! LOL

  3. last year i planted a costco bag of Lily 'cobra' and 'dizzy'. they were glorious. nice healthy bulbs. I hope the two bags of costco canna and caladium do as well this summer. Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' is on my wish list.

  4. It seems that spring has arrived in your parts! I love your Grass widow, something I've never before seen nor heard of. The biggest surprise here has been the blooms of Ferraria crispa, a South African bulb. The blooms are small but gorgeous.

  5. The recent sunny and dry days were perfect for playing outside! It's such an exciting time in the garden and every day seems to bring new surprises. (Okay, maybe it's just me because I plop plants in the ground, forgetting where I put them, and am surprised when they come up in the spring. Ignorance really is bliss.)

  6. I'm excited too! I love spring, it's my favorite time of the year. Cowslips are a favorite flower, their yellow color is so cheerful, and they remind me of England.

  7. I looked at those Lilies at Costco. Then I couldn't decide which ones--the great big blooms, or the smaller. Then I remember Chiquita out there digging and eating bulbs. And I walked away. Can't wait to see photos of yours.

  8. So wonderful to see your beautiful spring blooms. It is a fantastic time of year, it just makes one happy.


  9. Spring spring spring spring! Yay! It's on the way! That grass widow is super cool, I'll have to keep an eye out. And your Ribes speciosa is exciting, I was gifted this plant at a recent blogger's swap so will have to go check mine, too. Happy spring, Grace!

  10. Your excitement is contagious...think I'll get out there to see what's what.


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