Gardening

Spring Has Sprung!

25 April, 2015
peonies

Hello all!  It is nearing the end of April and spring has definitely sprung here in Georgia.  Everything is so green and I often find myself staring out the window enchanted by all of the pretty greenery that surrounds us.  Pretty cool if I am doing this while at the kitchen table…not so much if I’m driving.  Yikes!

red top mountain

This is our view from the back deck.  I’ve mentioned before that this was a selling point for our home.  We are so incredibly fortunate to live in a neighborhood that is located right next to a national park.  For a nature lover like me it doesn’t get any better.

I wanted to share some pictures of some pretties we have growing in our yard.  I wish I could take credit for the garden,  but they were pretty much here when we moved in.  Lucky us!  I’ve added some things here and there in the past year and I’m sure I’ll continue to do so in the future.  Some of the plants that I am sharing I have no idea what they are, so if anyone has a clue please let me know in the comments!  This post will also help to remind me what is planted where as they are hard to keep up with sometimes!

The first to bloom this spring were the daffodils and then the tulips.

Daffodils

Tulip

The green euphorbia plant was next to bloom.  I had never even heard of this plant before I moved here.  I found that much of the plants we have are deer resistance, which is a must if you live in our area.  It makes me sad though, because there must be a reason why no one in our neighborhood has hydrangeas.  Waaahhh!!!!  Anyway, back to euphorbia, this plant remains in bloom for months and I’ve grown to love it!

Green euphobia plant

This ground cover is CRAZY!!!  Seriously, I don’t know who it thinks it is, but it’s trying to take over the world!!!  I have to keep it under control by pulling it up at least once a week.  Although, it seems the more I pull out the faster it grows…hmmm…

Ground cover

We have many different irises in bloom right now.

Iris Collage

irises

Iris flowers

This bed is filling up nicely.

flower bed

Down the hill from this flower bed is a rock bed that needs much work.

rock bed

Anyone know what the Chartreuse colored plant is?  It has purple blooms.

spring garden

spring garden

Anyone have any idea what these cute little flowers are?  They open during the day and close up in the evening.

Purple flowers

Next up is the blue star perennial.  These are pretty and are supposed to turn a beautiful yellow orange color in the fall, but I don’t recall mine doing so.  They just looked dead.  Ha!

Blue Star flower

Then, we have the lovely peony bush.  Why oh why can’t these last longer!?

peony

peonies

Continue on down the path and you will see some of my favorites.  The butterfly blue pincushion flower.  I love these because they will bloom all the way until the first frost with very little maintenance.

Butterfly Blue Pincushion Flower

The pansies will continue to bloom until they die from the Georgia heat!  I planted these guys in the fall and they actually survived the winter.

Pansies

Of course, every southern porch must have a fern or ten.

Fern

I spent 5 hours in the yard yesterday and there is still so much to do!  I do love it though!!

spring yard

What do you guys have blooming right now?

Thank you so much for visiting!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Rita C at Panoply 25 April, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Hi Luisa! Your garden landscape is gorgeous! I live in West Virginia (zone 7a) and my garden is about 2-3 weeks behind yours in blooms, but I love your color blast! My irises are just showing buds, as are my azaleas (a later blooming variety than most in my neighborhood, which are in full bloom), but my lilacs are in full bloom (daffs are spent, pansies are still thriving with the milder temps, like yours). I don’t have peonies, but neighbors’ are still just pushing leaf growth.
    I think your flowers in question are: the long, chartreuse leaf – Sweet Kate Spiderwort(Tradescantia); and the shorter, grass-like one with purple blooms – Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum).
    Undoubtedly, your landscape is going to keep you busy in spring and fall, and hopefully you’ll be able to relax on that beautiful porch and enjoy it in summer.
    Rita C at Panoply
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    • Reply Rita C at Panoply 25 April, 2015 at 8:35 am

      PS Your creeping ground cover looks like sedum acre (Aureum).
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      • Reply Luisa 26 April, 2015 at 2:49 am

        Oh yes! Thank you thank you! I knew that it was something “wort” Thank you so much for stopping by…I peeked at your garden a little yesterday, but now I’m going to head back over and browse some more! :-) Isn’t this time of year especially exciting?

  • Reply Jesse 27 April, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Holy cow Luisa! That view and those flowers are all to die for! Everything is sooo gorgeous, but I feel overwhelmed just thinking about how much work that requires! My yard (front and back) is probably less than half the size of your front yard alone and I still feel overwhelmed by this gardening thing. Maybe I’ll get the hang of it some day! Thanks for sharing your lovelies.. Good luck with that crazy ground cover!
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    • Reply Luisa 29 April, 2015 at 4:06 am

      Haha! It can certainly get overwhelming. I have to give my mom a lot of credit because she tells me when things need to be trimmed up or fertilized. My advice is start with a little bit at a time and just add a little every year. Perennials are easiest to start with because they come back year after year. Everything in this post is a perennial. All that I have to do in the spring is fertilize and mulch them and then in the fall I cut them back. Anyway, I am always learning something new and things don’t always work out …aka:things die…but it’s a fun process when they do work out! :-)

  • Reply Lisa at Texas Decor 27 April, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Beautiful yard!!! I’m impressed you still have pansies. Mine died off a long time ago. Love all your blooms, especially those daffodils. Such pretty stonework on your house too. Right now, I mostly have knockout roses, blue plumbago, bottle brush, and society garlic blooming. Enjoy your week!
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    • Reply Luisa 29 April, 2015 at 4:50 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! I’m in love with the stonework too. It makes it feel like I’m living in a little cottage. Looking forward to seeing your blooms too!

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