Valynda MayesComment

Sproing!

Valynda MayesComment
Sproing!

I go away for a week or so, and all of a sudden, everything popped!

It’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day—see what’s in flower at May Dreams Gardens.

In the front yard, I have a smattering of bulbs (tulips from the Amsterdam airport here), Viburnum (I messed up and bought neither the fragrant nor the native kind), native honeysuckle for hummingbirds—and other birds who nest in it, phlox, and another Viburnum with a red bud that planted itself behind it.

The front yard goal is to look a bit like the conifer garden at National Arboretum. I don’t like to work in the front yard, so it’s all about ease.

In the native garden, I have sweet shrub close to the patio for the scent, lots of Tiarella, another red bud volunteer, wild ginger, Virginia bluebells, and tons of violets.

In the vegetable garden, the strawberries are blooming, and I leave up the tat soi, pak choy, radish, and turnip blooms as long as possible for insects, plus they are actually fragrant.

The “Betty” Magnolia has dropped its petals into pink mulch, and it is followed by the lilacs.

The scents are therapeutic, which is good because I’ve got work to do!

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