Friday, May 4, 2012


Things are really popping in the gardens this week. Let's take a look!
There's tons of Columbine blooming throughout the gardens right now.
They're so shy though. I wish they didn't have such droopy heads, because they're even prettier on the inside.
The Corydalis Lutea is going gangbusters in this border. I love this stuff. It's the first to bloom in the garden, and keeps on blooming all summer and through Fall. Unheard of for a perennial! It does spread though. Just a warning....
Sweet Williams. They're always marked as annuals, but I'm here to tell you that these come back for me every year. They usually come in a 4 or 6 pack, so that's really cheap, per plant!
A blue Hydrangea. I have a friend who is a floral designer, and when the shop doesn't sell these right away, she brings them home. For FREE. For ME!
I thought I had gotten rid of the Lily Of The Valley last year, when in fact I really just angered it.
It may be invasive, but the flowers sure are pretty, and smell heavenly and I forgive them all over again for taking over the garden!
I spraypainted that shephard's hook, and hung the birdcage on it today. Eventually I'll put a plant of some sort in the cage. Normally we don't plant things around here until after May 15th, but it was in the 80s today, sooooooo.....NO, I think I'll wait!
I'm starting on a project this weekend that involves lots of paint and moving around of plants, but it will make The Secret Garden look much better when I'm done. So I'll put on my little overalls like this gal, and hopefully I'll be finished just in time to share it all next week!


Musings from Kim K. said...

Your Columbine are so beautiful. I need to go wandering in our yard. Lily of the valley are always one of my favorites. I'm glad you forgave them (smile). Have fun playing in your lovely yard.

Ann said...

My Columbine seem to like to take over too, but I don't mind they are beautiful. Yours are so pretty and I love the hanging birdcage.

Paula said...

Hello sweet Carol! What a delightful post. Your garden is beautiful! I love all your flowers and the hook with the birdcage is lovely! I like it painted white! I look forward to seeing what you are up to! Love, Paula xo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Everything is looks so pretty! I love the Columbine and the Lily of the Valley and of course the Sweet William. I hope to plant some flowers later this month. hugs, Linda

My Vintage Mending said...

I am off to the nursery this weekend to pick up some veggies and herbs. My mom always had columbine. I loved how heavy their heads were on such a delicate plant....enjoy your weekend...smiles...Renee

Happy@Home said...

Your garden is looking so pretty. I think the Lily of the Valley are so charming and I love the scent. I planted some that I bought at Walmart. They looked like a bunch of roots. They haven't come up. It may be because we haven't had a lot of rain and I forget to water them.
What a nice friend to share the hydrangeas with you.
Love the white bird cage and I look forward to seeing what you are up to now.

Andy's Attic said...

Columbine is one of my favorites. I am amazed at how much is in bloom for you. We still have tulips that are trying to open up.
Can't wait to see your finished project. :>)

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Gee, your yard just looks so pretty! I love all the flowers! I love your birdcage idea, I may use that one if you don't mind?

Mecky said...

The bird cage looks great.
I really do think that you need to come on over and have at it in my yard!!
I can't wait to see the Secret Garden!!

May the 4th......be with you!!!

craftyles said...

Your garden flowers are so pretty! I love the lily of the Valley too. I really like the birdcage. I can't wait to see what you are up to next. Have a great junkin weekend!

Linda Ruthie said...

Your garden is beautiful! I look forward to seeing the birdcage with a plant in it. What a fun idea.

Donna said...

Hi, Carol,
Your dream home sounds wonderful, especially the four season porch.
And your flowers are beautiful. I'm hoping to learn more about growing them.

Lady Jane said...

I love lily of the valley. They were my moms favorite flower. Oh how she loved them.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I love your garden!! Everything is so beautiful!!

Maureen said...

Looking good Carol! Stop battling the Lily of the Valley...they love hanging out in your yard so embrace them.

Free Hydrangeas would definitely work for me!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Beautiful garden!! I especially love the columbine and the lily of the valley!