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Spring Tease: crocus and other happy flowers

March 6, 2012

So happy to see the first crocus blooming today! I thought I planted purple and white crocus’, but this one is yellow? Either I’ve had too much wine, or the well-fed neighborhood squirrels are paying me back for digging up my Iris’ last year.

The peonies and the hosta’s have poked through the soil too. A few more weeks and I can move some of them around to their new spots without stunting their growth for Spring.

No daffodils in site though…..shouldn’t they be poking through by now in zone 5? I hope I didn’t kill them 😦 they are from my favorite place to buy flowers Old House Gardens. Speaking of which, I need to buy my dahlias – like yesterday! Did you notice that the purple and white flower in my header and signature is an actual picture of a dahlia I grew last year? —-> sucker for flowers.

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The magnolia is also shedding it’s fuzz, so the buds should start to swell soon. So excited for all my gardening plans this year, ambitious as they are! 🙂 I plan to plant:

  • A hedge of white hydrangeas
  • 3 or 4 more rhododendrons – love these because they are evergreen and thrive in acidic soil
  • Dahlias, dahlias, dahlias
  • A rose garden( to supplement the one I sort-of started last year)
  • Split and move some of the herbaceous peonies that are as old as the house
  • Boxwood borders
  • A few dwarf alberta spruce
  • A huge veggies garden 🙂 SO much success with this last year

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2012 1:26 AM

    wow, what an extensive list of plantings you plan to plant 😉

    I like that yellow flower, even though it wasn’t what you planned on popping up 🙂

    I seem to not have a green thumb, but over the last couple years I’ve managed to keep some regular house plants alive, so I’m proud of myself for that!

    You’re going to have a lovely garden, Rachel 🙂


    p.s. congrats on the Yostie! woohoo!

    • March 7, 2012 3:48 PM

      Thanks! Have you tried orchids? I have them all over the house, regulary forget to water them and they keep blooming every 3 months.

  2. March 7, 2012 12:14 AM

    love lilacs…I wish they bloomed for a longer period of time. We have one lilac bush on the property line that is so fragrent for a few weeks in Spring. I’m not familiar with the snowball bush – what is that?

  3. March 6, 2012 9:50 PM

    I’m excited to see your work on this! We got a few “freebies” when we bought the house – 2 lilacs (1 is out of control huge and probably as old as the house), a snowball bush/tree, and some other bush/tree that produces wee little pink flowers. There’s a rose bush, too.

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