March 26, 2010
Spring is in the air today, and I’m so excited ! Mostly because our garden is beginning to bloom again. We’ve got a lot of yardwork to do this weekend, but here are just a few shots taken last year in May.
We have a dozen grosso lavender plants, and I harvest several pounds a year. They are just beginning to bud. I love to giveaway sachets and bundles to friends every year.
I planted only cool shades in our rear yard, mostly whites, purples and pinks. Here is some of our trailing verbena and lavatera in bloom.
Our neighbor planted these climbing roses, but we also reap the benefits of these beauties.
Penstemon are the simplest perennial. They grow all season long and remind me of a cross between snapdragons and foxgloves. We have dozens of these plants too.
Bower vine climbs up a retaining wall – I love that it’s an evergreen so the leaves stay even in winter.
Then there is the major crop, the petite syrah grapes that we planted ten years ago (and wrote about here) and they have just started to harvest in the last couple of years. Thankfully we have help twice a year tending to these.
But the hydrangeas are my absolute garden favorites.
Sssssh, don’t tell the others.
They’re my babies.
I think this weekend I’ll put these diggers to work.
Although they probably need some better tools.
So . . . we’ve got a lot of separating and weeding and filling in to do and maybe a few trees to plant, and I’m sure I’ll have a sore back at the end of the weekend, but in the end we hope to have another season of beautiful blooms !
Happy Friday all – have a great weekend !