Spring cleaning inside (check)...
Spring cleaning outside...
I may not have any nails left (because I
refuse am too lazy to put on gloves),
but I have made a very small dent in cleaning up the mess
Winter left behind in our yard.
My most favorite thing about Spring is that it brings
the fragrance of sweet jasmine.
My mother-in-law bought me a jasmine tree years ago
and I wait with anticipation for it to bloom each year.
I chose to plant it by our family room/kitchen nook windows
so the scent permeates the entire house.
We have many flowerbeds throughout our yard.
This is a blessing and a curse at times because up until this year
I struggled with what to plant where.
Now that I have gone and really been selective with
With A Twist projects, I have had more time to play around and
explore gardening...and I am making much better choices!
For instance, I am no longer using annuals throughout the entire yard
(but will continue to use them in my hanging baskets and planters).
Note to my husband...if you are really reading this blog post,
you should come ask me how this will save us money next year...
(bet you $100 he will not come and ask me!).
Here is a shot of the back corner of our yard,
where I have started a shade garden.
Eventually, the hostas will fill out and the astilbe will
sprout white feathery blooms.
In addition, my son will be staining the fence this summer.
This shade garden will be a corner of tranquility :)
Next up I planted my flowerbed below our family room windows.
A little sparse to start off this season, but these perennials
will be lush by mid-summer. My fingers are crossed that the
foxglove (a new plant for me) will still be blooming when we
throw my daughter's high school graduation party in June.
The spurge (new plant for me) has chartreuse petals with dark purple throats.
Out of this shot, but flanking these plants are a deep
purple-blue columbine (another new one for me).
I finished two of my planters for our front porch last week, and
they have already filled in since this pic.
It doesn't seem like a lot of progress, but you didn't see the hours
of weeding it took to prep for planting.
Take my word for it, it was ugly...Winter took its tole!
It's been such a wet start to the season,
I've had to dodge the raindrops and work when it is dry.
I am a fair-weather gardener, but I do love
sitting back and enjoying my fruits of labor!
Rosemary crisps, a little Beecher's cheese
and a bottle of Scuttlebutt..
not figure friendly by any means, but a treat for sure!
I will be back with more gardening and hopefully
a completed bed and nightstand painting project next time.
Until then, happy planting!