Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Signs of Spring

Spring is in the air! After a mild winter, my roses never even lost their leaves this time around, I'm seeing blooms galore. For the first time since I planted the tea olive shrubs they are blooming like crazy. And they smell heavenly just outside my dining room window.

The weather has me so inspired, I added an extra 4 feet to an already established raised bed.

I love the tinted red mulch. It compliments the red brick of the house and makes the green pop.

A new privacy fence will be added here with the corner coming between the end of the house and the gutter. At that time I'll most likely extend the bed all the way to the end of the fence.

I kept this lantana in the house to winter over. It did fairly well in spite of losing most of its leaves. I pruned it back and have been hanging it outside on sunny days. Looks like it's going to bounce back. Maybe a shot of Miracle Gro is in order once the threat of frost is passed?

Lots of work is underway in the backyard. The roses were pruned in February even though they were still fully leafed out. I have 3 little mini rose bushes ready to go in the ground and I'm anticipating it will take about 12 bags of mulch to fill in the backyard beds. The mulch will go down after some serious weed pulling occurs.

I didn't realize the bleeding heart is such an early bloomer. I stumbled upon this one by accident. I had no idea it had even resurfaced after going completely dormant last August.

This is just a fraction of signs of spring in my yard. I hope to post more soon.

What's blooming in your yard?


  1. I don't bring my lantana in, but it takes it until late in the summer to start coming back. It looks dead until then. You were probably smart to bring yours in. Looks like it's doing very well. Love your bleeding heart! I planted one, but I don't remember where! :O Love the new addition to your flowerbed!

    1. Thanks Holly! I've already put a peony in that new area and considering adding the miniature roses there, too. That corner really needs some color.

  2. My crocuses are croaking:) I can't get over the fear that a frost will come and zap us:(

  3. Hi there, I love bleeding hearts and when I had a garden I couldn't wait for them to shoot up from the recently thawed ground. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris