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The Day the Music Died

Step Into My Garden

These days, my garden is an exciting place to be.

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 (That's blooming pulmonaria, with hops in the background.)

Things are coming alive again, and beginning to bloom.  (And some things, like the hops in the upper portion of the photo, above, are threatening to take over the world!)

No matter what else is going on in my day, I take a couple of walks through my garden (early morning and then later in the day) to check out what's blooming and what needs doing and . . . what's threatening to take over the world.

Here are a few highlights from a garden-walk yesterday afternoon . . .

The Virginia Bluebells are brightening up the shady, wooded part of my garden.

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And the brunnera are creating a lovely blue haze in otherwise still-bleak corners.

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My favorite bulbs (besides crocus) are having their moment.  (These are grape hyacinths.  And next year, I am determined to plant more, More, MORE.)

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I can't remember what this yellow flowering plant is.  I just remember a nursery-person telling me it blooms early and long in the spring, and that was enough for me!  It's a true workhouse, and creates a welcome bright spot in my garden.  (It's growing all intertwined with my stonecrop sedum -- which will also bloom yellow, but until much later.  This yellow whatever-it-is is NOT sedum.)

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My "pea-pots" are popping!  I planted pea seeds in the center of this pot, and an assortment of lettuces around the perimeter.  A twin pea-pot has peas with spinach and kale.

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The hardy succulents are coming back.  I bring my not-hardy succulents inside for the winter, but I just leave planters with hardy succulents out and buried under some leaves.  It's always amazing to see how little care they really need.  (Because lazy.)

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 I have some "volunteer" iris that just showed up one year near my tiny little pond near the patio.  It's always such a delight to get a garden-bonus like this: something lovely that you didn't even plant! 

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And this . . . is a flowering quince, earning its keep for another season.  Several years ago, I attended a gardening conference and the organizers handed out "freebies" -- tiny little plants in tiny little pots.  Mine was a flowering quince.  I stuck it in the ground, and it didn't do much of anything for years and years.  I moved it here and there, because it seemed to be growing a bit (but not much).  For a while, I would think of digging it up and tossing it.  Because waste of real estate.  But it would send out a couple of lovely blooms in the spring to redeem itself.  Now, years later, it is COVERED with blooms and really quite something!  I still don't know what to do with it, or where it should "live" in my garden.  But I can't even think of getting rid of something that blooms like this in the spring!

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So.  That's what's happening in my garden this week.  (And . . . you'll find me doing battle with the hops this weekend.)  (Or I won't HAVE a garden by next week.)  (Just a hop farm.)

Happy weekend!

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