Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How does your garden grow?

We had an unusually warm winter this year, which has led to an early (and hot) spring. Plants that normally don't poke up until mid-April are here and getting ready to bloom! 

I transplanted these Siberian Squill, that I found growing behind our garage, to a sunny spot under the apple tree. After taking this picture I went to check on another garden in the back corner of the yard. A minute later I heard Abe behind me saying "Mama. Tank eww. Tank eww, Mama." When I turned around he handed me this...

...the first flower he ever picked for me! So sweet. Of course I thanked him and gave him hugs and kisses, so naturally by the end of the day I ended up with this...

...the heads picked off of all the flowers in the garden. Oh well, at least he didn't eat the leaves as well. Bunnies are far less considerate! 

Other plants coming up around the yard include...


Russian Sage



Citrus Mint


Creeping Thyme



Sweet Pea

Abe and I planted some lettuce and sweet peas in the garden a few weeks back. The lettuce came up three days later, and now we have a bunch of peas poking up as well. My pea vines always wither and die before I get any peas so I'm hoping this yer will be different...although it's been so warm, I probably should have planted them in January!


See more on my sad little peony here. It's looking robust and healthy this year, although I had to dig it out a bit last year because it didn't bloom. Hopefully I'll get some of those crazy gorgeous flowers again this year!



Tulips! My favorite.

See some garden photos from previous years herehere, and here. Does anyone else get as excited about stuff poking out of the ground as I do? I seem to photograph it every year!


  1. I absolutely love it when stuff starts poking out of the ground! You have so many plants! I am excited for you. I am still learning how to properly plant flowers/bulbs. I am doing much better with my veggies right now. We always lived in the north, where I did quite well with bulbs. Now we are in New Orleans and my bulbs aren't doing so well. Perhaps it didn't get cold enough. I have pictures of my garden on my blog.

  2. I wish I had done some gardening when I lived in New Orleans. It's a whole different ball game down there! I can't even remember seeing tulips when I lived down there, but I sure do miss the giant magnolia trees and seeing bananas growing in my neighbor's yard!

  3. I'm jealous you've got so much growing. Most of our yard is boring bushes that were there before we moved in, and I'd love to add some COLOR! We've had warm weather in Georgia for about a month now, so it's fun to see how long it's taking other parts of the country to bloom.

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

  4. Michelle, you are spot on! I really miss the flowers that I was able to grow when I lived in Maryland, but the south does have its own beautiful plants. I planted bulbs, but they don't grow for me. I guess I will have to dig them up when we move and take them back north with me. By the way, we starting eating tomatoes, carrots, and green beans from the garden the other day. If you are curious, I do have updated pictures on my blog. I can't wait to see your garden in full bloom.