Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spring Flowers

This is one of my favorite times of the year, when I get to go out and garden, and see new things popping up and growing larger each day.  I thought I'd document some things that are blooming now.

This is a Bergenia of some kind that a friend gave me a few years ago.

I don't know the names of my daffodils, but they have all been planted quite a number of years.  I'm glad so many of the different bulbs come up each year, since I don't plant any anymore.  Oh, I see Grape hyacinths in the background.  They have spread around a bit and seem to do well in the parking strip.

I have dug out quite a few irises to make room for native plants that will look good and provide for the pollinators for a longer season than irises, but I will keep some for the lovely spring color they provide.

Some Pasqueflowers are native, but these are not.  They sure are blooming well this year!

There are just a couple clumps of this Merrybells plant.  It's quite small, but I hope they self sow a bit.  I'd like to have more of them.

I'm trying to remember where I first saw and fell in love with Fremont's clematis. It could have been the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum's East Campus location.  I know I was tickled to get some there.  I have also gotten some from a local garden center.  They are more expensive, but the plants are larger.  This one has been in this location a year or two.

Isn't it unique?  I love the blooms!

The early spring blooms of the hellebores, which come in an assortment of colors are such a treat, and they look good for quite awhile.

It seems like these tulips look a little different each spring.  Some years they are a deeper pink than others.

The Phlox divaricata are opening their buds now.

Lovage is related to Golden alexanders.  It blooms earlier, but the blooms are almost identical.  I'm trying to remember if I've seen swallowtail caterpillars on it, as I have on the Golden alexanders.

The other day, someone asked me what I use for fertilizer.  Some years, I'll have enough compost to put on the beds in the fall, or find a container of manure of some kind that you mix with water, but other than that, I don't fertilize.  I like how this clump of tulips has so many blooms each season.

Just a few daffodils here and there provide lots of cheer while waiting for the other flowers to bloom.

I planted a few strawberries in a few different places a few years ago, and they are now spreading themselves around.  The birds and us should get a good number of berries to share this season.

I have mentioned my memories of violets in one of my grandmothers' lawn when I was a girl.  I like having some around.  I forgot what kind of caterpillars they are host plants for.  These are in the vegetable garden.  They seed some, but I don't let them take over.  I am feeling kind of bad, though, because our next door neighbor has a whole bunch of purple flowers in her yard from young violet plants.  She said something about not liking them a year or two ago.  Is it my fault?

This post ended up being a few days in the making.  After a number of nice, warm days, we are now in the midst of highs in the 50s, with rain off and on.  While I would rather have the 70s back, and won't even mind the 80s, which we could see in a week or so, the rain has been very good for the plants. 


  1. Strawberries already! Nice! You are so far ahead of me now. Most of my perennials still haven't even emerged yet. We've been very cold for more than a week. The nice thing is the blooms are lasting forever because the temps are like a refrigerator. Sue: Your garden is always lovely, but it's especially so right now! I agree--that Fremont's Clematis is something special!

  2. Your house and your garden are such a dream! Everything looks perfectly lovely. We just had a heavy downpour here last night, so I imagine the weeds would be all too happy! :D Our place is filled with greenery, not as flowery as yours.

  3. And here I was THRILLED that my lawn was greening up.
    It's all so pretty, Sue.
    I love the tulips best of all.
    Happy Spring!

  4. How wonderful seeing your lush green lawn and beds filling up with this years blooms. It is so exciting and makes one feel rich and blessed.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

  5. Looks like spring in your garden, Sue! Such pretty flowers too. I was admiring your 'Pussy Toes' on your sidebar. I just bought a plant. I love the pink flowers. Hopefully mine will not drown with our wet winters. I'm keeping it in a hyper tufa pot just in case. Cheers.

  6. Sue, it's always a treat to see what you have blooming in your gardens. My Daffodils are spent and the tulips are starting to look just a little droopy. The Iris will be the next to start their flowery bloom and after that the peonies will finish out the Spring blooming. My yard will be pretty much done until the Hostas bloom in the fall.

    During the summer the poor man's living patio brings life to the front door. It's planted with hanging baskets of Impatiens, pots filled with begonias, silver mist, and coleus down the sides of the trellis and on the patio wall. I'm so glad that Spring is finally here.

    Have a great day in the Spring flower garden.

  7. Sue, Your gardens are so full of life! Pasqueflowers are tugging at my heart......Violets make me nostalgic....our back lawn is full of them. Ours aren't blooming yet but it won't be long! I love your posts. Happy gardening!

  8. You have so much in bloom! I love the iris and clematis.

  9. So many lovely blooms! I love this time of year, too; it seems like every day there is something new coming up. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks tulips change colors from year to year--mine also move places, I think:) We've had the same kind of weather here; I'm ready for some sunnier days to get more work done, but the rain has been wonderful.

  10. Sue, I have pasqueflowers in my garden because of you. Mine looks healthy but hasn't bloomed yet. Love your fun clematis and your tulips and daffodils are so colorful. Your garden looks great! You are ahead of us a bit. I enjoyed your post today!

  11. Such a lovely collection of spring flowers. Isn't this just the best time of year? So thrilling to go our each day and see what's up.

  12. Your garden is growing so fast now Sue and looking so pretty. The Pasque flowers are always a favorite to see in the spring. The Bergenia is a beautiful bloom. I always love looking at your garden because you have so many plants and I love seeing so many pretty wildflowers. Have a lovely Momma's Day.


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