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Mid-spring in Deb's Garden, 2018

I heard a commentator on the radio say that winter is like a grumpy old man, arguing and complaining about everything. You heave a sigh of relief as he finally starts to leave. But as he is going out the door, he turns back and says, "Oh, and one more thing..." 

We are well into mid-spring now, but with temps still sometimes dropping near freezing, I have not been able to plant summer annuals or veggies or put my potted tropical plants outdoors. But it won't be long. Meanwhile, spring flaunts its glorious colors, and the world is alive with new growth and fresh flowers.Young bloom of Rosa rugosa 'Alba' - a wonderfully fragrant species rose.Trees are green again. We have had plenty of rain (and some weeds grow two feet overnight). I enjoy the cool mornings and temperate afternoons. I am busy, busy, busy!

Here are some recent scenes around the garden. I wish you could also feel the crisp breeze, hear the birds chirp and the bees buzz, and smell the fragrances of fresh earth, pine straw and sweet blooms!

George Lindley Taber azaleas

Young blooms of Snowball Viburnum

Snowball Viburnum grows behind the pink birdhouse.

Clockwise from upper left: Native azalea; Snowball Viburnum; Late-blooming daffodil; Calycanthus floridus 'Athens' - it smells like ripe bananas.

Clockwise from left: Cornus Florida 'Cherokee Princess'; Aquilegia vulgaris (old fashioned Granny's Bonnet Columbine); Clematis 'H F Young.'

Heuchera 'Caramel'

I have forgotten the unpronounceable name of this Japanese maple I obtained from former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye, but I love its variegated pink foliage.

A scene in the front garden. The beautiful heuchera in front was a bargain find at the end of last summer that had no tag. I wish I knew its name, as I want to buy more!I hope you enjoyed a peek at my mid-spring garden. Blessings to you all!  Deb 


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Deb, your garden is looking so beautiful, so colourful. I especially love the photo of the pink and blue birdhouse contrasting with the white viburnum and the greenery all around. Lucky birds ...

April 15, 2018 | Unregistered Commentercatmint

Your garden is way ahead of mine. I love seeing all of these lush colors. It gives me hope that Ole cranky Man Winter will soon be on his way.

April 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLisa at Greenbow

What a treat to tour your mid-Spring garden - everything is so vibrant and fresh! Things are much the same here, and it is raining as we speak, but I definitely won't complain!

April 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChristi {Jealous Hands}

I'm jealous! This brings back memories of our trip to the Southeast--I should have stayed longer because Old Man Winter is an unwanted house guest here in the Midwest! Tee hee. I liked your analogy, because it's helping me deal with the return to winter. Thank you for that. Your garden is gorgeous!

April 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBeth @ PlantPostings

At least tiresome Old Man Winter hasn't got you stuck inside! Your garden looks glorious despite the lingering chill. I think I've said it before but I'll repeat myself: a woodland garden is my dream space and yours fits my image of that environment to a "T." Your pretty flowering shrubs stand out beautifully against all the evergreens.

April 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

Your garden is looking stunning, way ahead of us here. The winter doesn't seem to have affected your plants, they are beautiful and each photo is a delight.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

I can hear the quickened beat of many bloggers' hearts Debbie and certainly your post revels in the glories of spring. Your spring weather sounds like ours, tempting us one day and then shocking us the next with cold winds. We had rain with sand from the Sahara last week - everything is yellow! Your garden is looking the best I've ever seen it. ENJOY!

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Lovely, especially the Azaleas and that sweet rose.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Hi Deb, your garden is already very beautiful again, as usual. They look really so organized and maintained. I've read before that in Climate Change cold countries will be colder and hot countries hotter, because we are in the latter i can vouch that it is already happening. And it is not an easy or exciting matter. It is actually starting to be scary!

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Ooh. That Rosa rugosa is tempting. My parents had a hedge of rugosa roses growing by our street when I was young. The scent was delicious. But gosh are they thorny!! :O

April 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

It does look like spring at at least! Your azaleas and dogwood blooms are so gorgeous! So many pretty blooms. This spring has been such a rollercoaster. It keeps snowing and then melting here. At least the early daffodils are finally starting to bloom.

April 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIndie

I didn’t realize that even there in Alabama spring was struggling to stay warm. I think we are finally, finally, past the worst. Your spring colors are like candy to my eyes!

April 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Ruff Leja

Your perfectly pruned topiary balls let everything else sing out

May 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Studer

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