Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Spring has sprung

Spring came super early this year....and I am NOT complaining!  With Griffin on the move and loving the outdoors, I'm anticipating much of our time this spring/summer/fall to be spent in the great outdoors. 

The first sign of spring in terms of flowers in our yard, are always these sweet little blue ones that cover our entire garden and lawn.  I'm pretty sure they are some type of wildflower, but they might even been considered a weed since they are self-spreading.  Watch out neighbors, you might get them next year!


The next batch of flowers we get are still more wild flowers I think....these little cuties....the yellows and the deep purple.

About the same time that these pop up, so does bergenia.  I love this one....

 And you know it is early spring when the lilacs come out.  I can't wait for them to be full fledged out and the whole neighborhood smells like them.
 

The primrose have also bloomed....they are the sweetest little things (before they get trampled by Cooper).
 
That's all for blossoms, but there are some others that have made their inital appearances in my still manageable (since it's early spring) garden.

The peonies are coming....YAY!
 
The sedum have popped up... I love them, they are so low-maintenance and they last all season.
 
 Oh, and so has this lovely variety....do you have them too?  I hope we aren't the only ones who can't get rid of them.....

The hosta are peaking out....

 Even the hydrangea have tiny little buds....they don't make their grand entrance until later in the summer.
 In case you are wondering where I got all of these beautiful flowers, I have to thank the previous owner of our home.  She was in her nineties and was still gardening!  She worked at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and acquired some pretty unique plants over the years.  Unfortunately we don't have the time to keep up her amazing green thumb tradition, but we are trying to maintain what we have left and spice it up here and there!  I also need to make a disclaimer.  I do not guarantee that the above flowers have been properly named.  I have tried my best to revisit the map I made when my aunt Heidi who has a gardening company, (Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens) came over and taught me a few of them, but a lot has changed since then.

I have plans for an herb garden and maybe a few veggies, plus I'm on the hunt for rhubarb recipes....got a giant rhubarb from Nate's grandma at the end of last year!

What are your garden plans this year?

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