An Early Spring

Daffodils

Spring is well on its way here in Fredericksburg,  if not here already.   (UPDATE:  More Daffodils are blooming!)

Daffodils

Daffodils

Daffodils have been blooming for a few weeks now, but the bulbs I planted just this fall were a little later in coming up.  Now they are really starting to pop!  Out of the 50 or so I planted, I’ve counted 48 stems.  I’m not 100% sure that they will all flower this year, but I’m very happy with how many have come up.

Blooming Daffodils

Blooming Daffodils

Two plants that never died back this winter were my snapdragons and Dianthus.  The snapdragons stopped blooming sometime in December I think, but the plants are still full, bushy, and green.

Massive Snapdragons and Tulips

Massive Snapdragons and Tulips

And the Dianthus never stopped blooming all winter!  Crazy!  From what I can tell this is a short-lived plant (two years maybe?), but I’m really hoping that it will last longer than that.  If not, oh well.  I think I planted it originally thinking it was an annual anyway.
Still Blooming Dianthus

Still Blooming Dianthus

I’m also starting to see tulips, mums, bee balm, and foxglove starting to grow.  Someday, I’d love to have a cottage-style garden full of naturalistic swaths of color throughout the front and back yards.  I threw out some seed bombs this winter, but I have no idea when or if I’ll see anything from those.  And finally, some dear friends gave me some daylillies they divided this spring.  Mr. Lucky and I planted them along the back yard on the edge of the unmowed “nature preserve”.

Daylillies

Daylillies

I know they are hard to see in this picture, but they are the little green shoots in patches along the edge of the unkempt area.  I am so excited to have them!

I noticed on Friday that all the trees started blooming in Richmond.  It feels too early for it, but I still think it’s beautiful.  It’s almost unbelievable how warm it has been, and today it is supposed to get close to 80 degrees.  I hope this doesn’t mean the summer is going to be unbearably hot…

Tell me, what do you have coming up already?

 

Blooming Flowers (Spring and Summer)

A Detail of Foxglove blooms

So even though I love flowers and gardens, I really don’t ever seem to make the time to care for my plants.  I have done a little planting though, and I will show you the rewards from years of letting things go (with some weeding).

First up, I bought two foxglove plants last spring and planted them.  This year, only one came back.  But it came back big, early, and is still going three months later.  Now it has one stalk about five feet tall, but the rest of the plant is still rather low.  Here’s the beauty shot:

A Detail of Foxglove blooms

Foxglove

Last year I also planted some Mexican Primrose.  I had no idea this plant was so invasive, but I don’t mind right now.  I love the pretty little flowers, and they continued to bloom for months.  I think next year I will cut them back some so that other plants have room to grow and breathe.

Detail of Mexican Primrose

Mexican Primrose

And here’s a shot of the whole bed earlier this spring:

Front Porch Spring 2011

Front Porch Spring 2011

In another bed out front, I planted two lily plants three years ago.  It has exploded!  I think I’m going to have to spread them out a little, so that they can propogate more.

Lily

Lily

Here’s a shot of it a week later:

More lily blooms

More lily blooms

The bees love it too, which makes me happy!  I love bees.

Bee on lily bloom

Bee-eautiful

Bees, and hummingbirds also love the bee balm I planted a couple years out back.  I only wish that these blooms would last all summer long.  Maybe there’s something I can do to help…

Bee Balm

Bee Balm

The bee balm is outside my eat-in kitchen area, and it is wonderful to see a hummingbird hover around.

I’ve had a lot of flowers come back this year.  I have three large mums growing that are not blooming yet.  Mums coming back are a first for me.  I also have lots of snapdragons that made it through the winter.

Mums and Snapdragons

Mums and Snapdragons

Someday, I would like to make a master plan, and landscape larger areas of our yard.  One thing is for sure, no matter what ends up being planted, there has to be a lot of color!