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All Kinds of Glory

The earth reveals all kinds of glory. Azaleas are blooming and Japanese maples have unfurled their brilliant leaves in the front garden. The woodlands are becoming a tapestry of green and white as fresh foliage emerges and dogwood blossoms open. Birds are making babies, my onions are poking up in the vegetable garden, the days are longer, the breezes are exhilerating and good smells permeate the air. Such are the dreams of spring that kept me through winter's dismal clutch on the landscape, and they have finally come true. 

The following scenes greet me as I wander through the garden, taking it all in:This Japanese maple is in the front garden, outside our dining room window.

An April view of the front garden from the patio

Another view of the front garden from the patio

Looking toward the patio from the front lawn

Another view across a portion of the front garden from the front lawn

Looking toward the wooded area next to the arbor garden

Looking across the woodland garden from the front lawn

Dogwoods in the woodlands

Top: Magnolia 'Jane' continues to bloom beautifully, despite last week's brief temperature plunge below freezing. Many of the blooms turned to brown mush, but new ones quickly took their place. Clockwise from above left: Magnolia 'Jane'; Apple 'Red Delicious' blooms; Phlox subulata grows behind an unidentified wildflower;Trillium cuneatum, also called Sweet Betsy.

The last daffodils of spring. Did you see the tiny hover fly in the top photo?

Mockingbirds are nesting in this rustic birdhouse in the front garden. The evergreen tree in the background is Cryptomeria japonica.

Spring was a long time coming this year, but I doubt that means the same of summer with its high humidity and heat. Meanwhile, I plan to enjoy every day of this glorious season! 

Note: Pease check out my revised Woodland Garden photo gallery on the sidebar, which includes newly updated woodland garden photos PLUS photos of individual woodland garden plants. Enjoy!

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Reader Comments (32)

Lovely, as always Deb! My daffodils are all finished, but I still have some tulips & hosta is poking up everywhere. Thanks for sharing!

Wow -- what elegant spring scenes! This is the time of year I despair, as we are still brown and gray up here, no daffodils have peeked out yet and no forsythia yet either. Coming to your Alabama garden is my spring tonic. Not only do you have lovely flowers open, but the compositions you have created are beautifully combined. Love the woodland garden updates!

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

So much spring beauty! I love your Saucer Magnolia. And of course the dogwoods! Your garden looks magnificent.

The first white daffodil pictured looks just like satin. Do you have the name of the daff with the pink cup?

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSweetbay

Thank you all for visiting, and I appreciate each and every comment! Sweetbay, all of my daffodils came in a naturalizing mixture and were unnamed. The one with the pink cup is one of my favorites! Deb

April 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterDeborah Elliott

What a wonderful selection of views Deb, The new foliage of your trees is as good as blossom, they are all beautiful ! Spring is certainly a wonderful time of year to be in a garden!

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

If those scenes don't make someone stop, stare and marvel, it has a hole in its soul.

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee May

This garden is so perfect ! What amazing flowers and colors !
And the birdhouse is beautiful !
Have a happy weekend :)

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEla

Your garden is looking beautiful, lovey photographs! :-)

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermichael

A perfect spring debut!

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

I almost forget what spring is like here, what a difference hundreds and hundreds of miles make! Your garden looks so beautiful dressed in spring's finery. I liked your descriptiveness in the post too. It makes me really feel what it is like being there along with the stunning photos to wrap me in the v]colors pf spring. Off to see your sidebar images.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Wow! Amazing to see how much further along you are one zone South of us!

You have a bevy of beautiful photos. What are the shrubs behind the wooden owl in the third photo?

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAaron Dalton

Thank you all for your kind comments! Aaron, the shrubs immediately behind the table in the third photo are upright rosemary. The pink flowering ones in the distance are azaleas. Deb

April 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterDeborah Elliott

The dream is alive and it has arrived! We love your garden Debs, beautiful as always and those sceneries look wonderful and dreamy, fabulous spring colours and atmosphere!

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

Glorious! This is normal for us, of course, here in the north. That is, our spring is always delayed and then everything seems to bloom at once. It's frustrating while you're waiting, but it's worth the wait. Your garden looks heavenly! Magnolias, Daffodils, Trilliums, and everything else all blooming at the same time. Wow!

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPlantPostings

Hi Deb, these are magnificent photos from your garden. I love it when is garden is mature and has a good size. Nothing can beat (or buy) that! The white flowering trees are so special at this time of the year. Your photo of the dogwoods in the woodlands is pure magic. I also love all the different varieties of daffodils that you are growing! No wonder that you enjoy these wonderful spring days! Wishing you a good start into the week!

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchristina

I'm right there in the garden, I can hear the birds singing beautifully...and see the blossoms on the trees.. Beautiful imagery...
Bring on spring.


Absolutely gorgeous. I am particularly in love with that lovely weeping Japanese maple.

Spring has certainly sprung in your neck of the woods, Deb! How lovely!! Lucky that only some of the magnolia buds turned to mush after the low temps. One year we had no blossoms at all because of exactly the same situation. Gardeners certainly love Spring and for good reason.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

Hi Dear,
your garden is breathtaking! Amazing pictures - thank you for sharing!
All the best

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTante Mali

Your garden is looking beautiful and serene Deb. I always wish I had your space to create such divine garden pictures as yours. Take care.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I love all those dogwoods. Also, the azaless, partly because they will not do well here in our alkaline soil. Your garden is looking glorious!

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason

You have created the most beautiful garden. I love seeing it in every season but today it just took my breath away. Thank you for sharing your paradise.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

What do I like best, your Spring shots or your updated woodland views? First equal!
Thanks for your recent visit Debs, I did submit your comment but for some unknown reason it is not showing on the post, off to see if I can find an answer to this.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteralistair


April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip

dear deb, this is garden poetry. I suppose the earth is the poet creating the glory, but you must have had a hand in it too?

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercatmint

Oh, what a feast for the eyes. I have cherry and redbud trees blooming, but my azaleas are budding. Such a wonderful sight to see.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Sage Butterfly

Your front garden looks like a scene out of a storybook. So pretty! I'm sure you are enjoying the spring so much! We are still waiting for spring to fully arrive here, but it's getting there!

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIndie

I just took a tour through the revised woodland garden, such beauty is breathtaking, and the owl is wonderful too. Thankyou so much for putting that together. Best Wishes.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Your garden looks like a beautiful tapestry, Deb! Just beautiful!

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTatyana

Life is good in Deb's garden!!!!

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEve

Wow! The textures in your garden are just amazing, as usual! It must be so wonderful to look out on the woods. It's just not something I'm used to seeing here in suburbia. I saw the magnolia blossoms turned brown here too, but I don't think they'll have new ones to replace them, because they got extra cold here. Spring is indeed all kinds of glory.

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobinL

Deborah these are stunning views...so much blooming it takes my breath away.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View
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