Thursday, May 9, 2013

Spring is Blooming!

My passion for gardening started long before I ever painted a piece of furniture. I just love playing in the dirt! And there is nothing like watching the gardens come to life each spring. Want to see what's blooming?


Daffodils are an all-time favorite and a sure sign that spring has arrived! What's not to love about a tiny little bulb that you plant in the ground in the fall and totally ignore all winter long.

 
Then when you think it will never get warm again, you are rewarded with masses of bright, sunny flowers that just get bigger and better with each passing year! 


 


Daffodils are quite possibly the easiest perennial to grow. They thrive in almost any location, need no special care and are resistant to pests and diseases, even deer!

 



And seriously, did you know there were so many different varieties?






Daffodils are perfect for cutting too. 
 

This variety has three blooms on one stem - so pretty!

  
But daffodils aren't the only thing blooming this spring.
 
 
Pink Dogwood
 
 
Crabapple
 
 
Azalea
 
 
Lilac
 

Cherry Laurel

 
Virginia Bluebells
 
 
Purple Leaf Plum
 

Windflower

 
Grape Hyacinth
 
 
Fothergilla
 
 
White Dogwood
 
 
 
Pulmonaria


 Iris
 
 
 Fragrant Viburnum
 
 
Pieris Japonica

 
Lenten Rose
 
 
Allium
 
 
Flowering Cherry
 
 
So there you have it, my spring garden tour. I missed a few, but you get the idea. I love flowers. Every day there is something new to see, smell and enjoy!
 

And I have a little low-maintenance, easy-care gardening philosophy that really works for me. I try to have a wide variety of flowering trees and perennials throughout the yard. They really do require only a minimum of care and just keep getting better with age. Plant them once and watch them flourish. Then I save the annuals for pots on the porch and patio. These require watering several times a week throughout the summer, but that's pretty manageable. A combination of perennials and annuals is the best of all worlds. I find gardening catalogs to be a wealth of information and inspiration. If you are looking for a place to start, I suggest White Flower Farm. .....  So what's growing in your garden this spring?
 
I'm sharing with .....
 
 

24 comments:

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Oh Sharon, they are beautiful. I love bunches of daffodils in my home too.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

The flowers are gorgeous! I love spring!

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Sharon, your flowers are beautiful!! Your pink dogwood is my favorite. Thanks for sharing such pretty pictures!

Debbie

Vintage Prairie Style said...

beautiful!
keya

Megan Vaughn said...

Everything is so beautiful, Sharon! It's been nice getting rain around here lately because everything looks so green and bright.

Emily @ The Diligent One said...

Oh, Sharon, it's all so beautiful! I inherited a gorgeous and mature yard with our house 5 1/2 years ago. With it we got tons of daffodils, a weeping cherry tree that sits just off the pathway to the front door, and large, mature azaelas out back that are flowering red, pink and white right now. There is a lot of spring maintenance that has to occur each year, but perennials really are the gift that keeps giving and once the spring clean up and mulching is done, it's so worth it to enjoy the parade of colorful flowers. Next up are the irises. The ones in full sun are just blooming now...

Dawn said...

I enjoyed all your pics, everything is lovely. I am hoping our lilacs will bloom this weekend. Thanks for sharing all those beauties:)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful! love the allium! love it all really! our peonies have buds on them and i CAN'T WAIT!

Ali Richardson said...

Holy cow! I am stunned by all of that beauty in your yard. You are an amazing gardener! Those dogwoods expecially catch my eye. Gorgeous!

NellJean said...

Beautiful display of spring favorites! I tried to name all your Daffodils, and the pink azaleas looke like Coral Bells?

We've moved on from Daffodils and Azaleas here, now a spring memory that was somewhat off schedule this year.

Laurel Stephens said...

Oh my, Sharon, what a treat! Your garden is everything I imagined and more! Your dogwood trees (my favorite trees) are spectacular. You have a stunning variety of flowers that complement each other perfectly. You are a gardener extraordinaire. Oh, and your photographs are superb. I want to run outside right this moment and start digging!

Artsy Matilda said...

I'm coming to your house! We are still struggling to get spring to understand the time is NOW! Your garden is simply beautiful and I am only slightly (ok, mostly) green with envy! Glorious, Sharon. Thank you for sharing it with us ... especially we who are still trying to coax spring out of the ever lasting winter!
Happy weekend!

Hetty said...

Sharon all those flowers are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you very much for sharing, lovely to look at!

Gail Wilson said...

I'm so jealous... I have a lilac, and some daffodils, ohh and some pear trees, and a pink dogwood.... My hyacinths didn't bloom this year, but my rhodedendron (sp) did!

Happy Spring!

happy Mother's Day weekend too!
gail

Donna Wilkes said...

This has made my morning! So beautiful. Much of our spring has passed and it is time for the clean-up and the annuals.

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

I'm going to love seeing your spring and summer photos as we slip in to the colder months here in australia -= you have a beautiful garden
fiona xx

Kim said...

Love the flowers. It looks gorgeous! Thank yuo for sharing and giving me some garden inspiration.
Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

Heaven's Walk said...

Holy cow, Sharon! I felt like I was taking a walk through a beautiful professional nursery, girl! What a gorgeous yard!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing such stunning blooms! :)

xoxo laurie

Art and Sand said...

Beautiful!

I am loving arriving home each day from work to see more and more floers blooming in the garden.

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Wow, such gorgeous blooms and photos! Love spring!

Sam Dull said...

Great pictures! Love all the flowers!

Sam
http://cooksandcreates.blogspot.com/

(New follower and found you on Someday Crafts)

Sam Dull said...

Great pictures! Love all the flowers!

Sam
http://cooksandcreates.blogspot.com/

(New follower and found you on Someday Crafts)

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

You have an amazing variety of daffodils! Love all your spring blooms - I would really, really love to be able to grow lilacs! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Dawn @ Inspired Living said...

what a gorgeous garden! I have to pin this, there are several beautiful plants here that I'd like to remember.

THanks for linking up.