Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring Comes to the Garden

I returned from a family visit to Florida and over the Easter weekend it became spring. The forsythia bushes in my new garden are gorgeous - and the prolonged cold meant a long season of color.

Phlox mixed with daffodils and irises spills over the curb. 

One of the two hellebores I took with me from my old house. I'm counting on this hellebore to be the parent of many children.

A stunning 20-foot tall camellia flanks the entry gate into the side yard. It had buds for many months before it bloomed, but it has been worth the wait. I love the surprises of a new garden!

On Easter my husband and I visited the JC Raulston Arboretum. I'd like to grow this lovely daffodil ('Pink Pride') below. The daffodils in our yard had a lovely run of bloom, but they're done. 

 One of the many magnolias in bloom at the Arboretum. I believe this is Magnolia stellata 'Rosea Jane Platt.' Too bad we don't have room for more trees!

The emerging foliage of a Japanese maple. 

 Spring tree colors may be prettier than autumn's. This is the view across the street.

I'm still working on finding a balance between work, time in the garden, photography and blogging. I may experiment with simpler blog posts or set a weekly deadline and post something more substantial once a week. Either way, I want to continue to share and learn from the garden blogging community. I miss you all!


Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Glad you are back! Your new garden looks lovely! It will be an exciting discovery to see how it evolves over the seasons. I look forward to reading more about it.

Jason said...

You've got a lot of lovely color now. We are a few weeks behind you, but even here we are getting the snowdrops and crocuses. It definitely lifts the spirits.

Sheila said...

Karin, I can't wait to see what's next in the garden. We have lots of azaleas budding. I do like surprises.

Jason, yes, the blooms and soft weather have given me spring fever. It was difficult to work today. The budding trees are changing color by the hour .... Redbuds are starting to pop.

PlantPostings said...

Glad you're back, Sheila! I missed you. I was in Florida a couple of weeks ago, too, but I didn't have much spring to come back to. But finally, plants are starting to emerge and bloom. It's a magical time, isn't it?

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Miss you Sheila and glad you are back....I am trying to find that balance this year as gardening is non-existent with weather and work is too wishing you luck on finding that balance for yourself. Your spring is wonderful...mine is still stopping and starting...looking for a smoother glide to some needed renewal.

Oh and I look forward to seeing your garden far it is just lovely!!