Friday, March 26, 2010

Early Spring Shade Garden

Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
Today the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there! ~

L. H. Bailey

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! ~
Sitting Bull

The last fling of winter is over ... The earth, the soil itself, has a dreaming quality about it. It is warm now to the touch; it has come alive; it hides secrets that in a moment, in a little while, it will tell.~
Donald Culross Peattie


  1. Yippee! Linda, the shade bed looks ready to pop...You've been working hard in your garden! I can't wait to see what you have planned and planted! gail

  2. Yes, I'm seeing some "glints of green" and waiting for more "secrets" to emerge, Linda. Looks like you've been very busy--your shade garden and new veggie bed are all ready for a big show soon!

  3. We got quite a set back last night. 18-degrees, that doesn't sound like spring:( Your beds all look so neat. Love the blocks outlining everything.

  4. I really like the interest you have in your garden, the pathway, the easy sculpting and the points of interest, statuary, pots, etc. I can't wait to see when it is filled out.


  5. Everything looks so new and fresh and ready to rumble! Is that the new sidewalk you were talking about? Are those pavers or poured concrete? I love the pattern; it makes it softer somehow. I have a lot to cut down in my garden and some pruning to do. Veggie bed is ready, though!

    P.S. Linda, I am a bad person. Reading that first poem, my mind immediately added its own last line, ending in "underwear." LOL!

  6. Oh a lovely bare border full of potential for the future. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Why not join in my end of month meme where you post a photo from the same viewpoint at the end of each month so we can see your progress (or lack of it!!)

  7. It's popping Gail! Every day there's something new - yay spring!

    There's a lot going on in the garden Rose. I love going out there to see what else has come up. We're definitely ready for spring!

    Thank you Eileen! I can't wait either!

    Yep, ready to rumble Monica! The patio and walks are new. They're concrete, with pavers for the little path to the lawn. It would have been really nice to do stone or brick instead of concrete, but that wasn't in the budget. I like the 'California finish' on the concrete - much nicer than plain. I agree it has a softer look.

    Since the rabbits ate so much of the garden last fall, I had very little clean-up to do. I'm happy to see the plants coming back though. (still no shoots on all the hydrangeas they ate, but it's still pretty early so I'm still hoping.)

    Hey, that's not bad - if there's anything we can all use to make it through this crazy life, it's a sense of humor. You go girl!

    Thank you Helen! I like your meme idea! It's a coincidence too, since just this week my husband was encouraging me to take photos from the same viewpoint throughout the season to see how things change. Thank you for the heads up!

  8. Hi Marnie, it seems we can't be confident the last fling of winter is through around here until sometime in May! I hope it didn't end up getting down to 18 near you. Our low here was about 28 - still chilly, but at least not Arctic!

  9. It's so fun to see green sprouting all around! I love your stepping stones too!

  10. This mild weather we're having is really helping stuff sprout Rose!

    I love those stepping stones too - a friend made them for me.

  11. oh yes garden girl, I am so looking forward to see your garden :-D It's spring and I am sure the warmth air brings much comfort for you. Happy working in the garden. I hope it is not so much hard work after all.

  12. Anonymous12:26 AM

    Your walkway and patio made me realize what I love about this kind of weather before the April showers kick in.

    The leaves that don't get raked or that blow onto the sidewalks in the Fall get trapped under the blankets of snow and ice. In the Spring they get blown away or swept up and there is the perfect outline of a leaf on the light-colored concrete. Like, nature's version of graffiti.

    Man I love this time of year.

  13. I love it too MBT. Every day there's a new discovery in the garden this time of year. And how about this weather - yay!

    If the weather forecast is right, in a couple of days those April showers will be starting, and our gardens will really explode.

  14. The border is ready! Can't you just imagine what it will look like in just a week or two?

  15. How lovely and neat it all looks. My garden has never been so crisp at any stage!


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