Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Flower Beds Are Dressed for Spring

After a long, cold, snowy winter, my flower beds are looking forward to spring.  All of the pictures in this post were snapped on May 1.

The bleeding hearts are loaded with buds.  In another week or two they will be almost to the top of the skirting.

This flower box around our deck has a few crocuses, tulips and grape hyacinths for early spring color.  When they are done blooming, the hostas begin filling in and will get high enough to hide the open spaces where the deck supports are.

There are two pipe plant holders on the deck rail. I put a hummingbird feeder on one and hang petunias on both of them.  The birdhouse on the corner has a sparrow nest in it now.  We also put nest boxes on the top peak of our mini barn and in the triangle (next pic).  Within an hour of my hubby putting them up, the one on the mini barn had sparrows moving in!

This is what we call the "triangle".  There are several early spring flowers here.  The crocuses are done for this year.  The grape hyacinths are all around the edge.  The tulips and daffodils are even more beautiful now. 
The green spikey plants are yuccas.  They get gorgeous buttery yellow flowers on tall spikes mid-summer. 
I plant annuals around the edges after the flowers in this pic have died back.  The are also a couple heather plants, euonymous, amd foxglove that are getting started, but don't show yet. 

The birdhouse in the triangle has housed bluebirds for several years.  Just yesterday we saw the first bluebirds and hummingbirds of 2011.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my flowers.


Rene said...

They look a lot better than mine! Wanna come up and help?!? :D

Jean said...

Lookin mighty. Has takin my hubby a month to clear all the leave off our land (2 acres) then mow, then do my herb garden and my one other garden.. Other than that we have no time for flowers anymore. Got tired of that .. Too much work.. So enjoy yours and thank your for sharing with me. Than you...
Hugs, Jean