Monday, May 14, 2012

Color in the Garden

Hello everyone,
     I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We enjoyed a sunny warm Mother's Day here with lots of food and all of our family. It was warm enough to eat out on veranda-I love to eat outdoors whenever possible.
The garden is starting to fill in and the leaves are coming out on the trees and shrubs.
Hyacinths are scenting the air.
The bleeding hearts are blooming.
The snakehead- fritillaria meleagris are blooming and slowly spreading in the garden.

The hostas are putting up their fresh green and cream leaves.

Ice follies daffodils blooming around the old wheelbarrow.
Dainty little narcissus-not sure of their name.
Our tulips are starting to bloom-now I am wishing I had planted a lot more as not all the old ones returned.
These Red Riding Hood tulips have returned faithfully year after year. I hope I can get more of these for the fall planting.
The hillside garden is awash with the beauty of many different varieties of daffodils.



Well,that is what is happening in our garden so far. Tomorrow is going to be a hotter day so things can change pretty quickly in the garden. However, the benefit of a long cool spring is the flowers stay in bloom longer and have a more intense color.

How is your garden doing? I know many of you are way ahead of us here as we are just getting started in our garden season.

Today,I am joining the house in the roses for Show off your Cottage Monday.

I hope you enjoy your day!

Carolyn


27 comments:

hand painted by cheryl said...

It is so pretty as usual.I seeing how you garden is coming.Ours is a little ahead here in Alabama.

Kimberly said...

It is all so wonderful! Do you know what a treasure you have? (I think so!)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

So beautiful!

Yes you are about a month behind us - we had such a WARM and EARLY spring.

I have 7 lilac bushes but only one really gave many blooms due to a weird frost in the middle of that heat. The one that bloomed is tucked away in the back of our property amongs trees, which saved it I think. Plus it is a slightly different variety so could be that, too.

Your blooms are fantastic, enjoy your weather and your pretty garden!

Bernideen said...

We are all on different clocks for our gardens. Daffodils are gone in most places. As always your garden is #1 exceptional.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Your garden is beautiful! I live in South Carolina and azaleas have bloomed already. I am actually starting to plant more flowers especially confederate jasmine.

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with family.

Bente said...

So beautiful, Carolyn. Here in my garden, nothing is blooming yet. We have a very cold spring, but hope it soon will be warmer soon.

Have a nice week

Elzie said...

Beautiful spring flowers. It's interesting to notice that you have the same flowers over there as we have here, lol.
Have a nice day.
Love Elzie

Susan said...

Looks like your garden is going to be filled with magical flowers again this year, Carolyn. Loved the photos. Susan

Nette Cecilia said...

We had mothers day too yeasterday here in Finland .Our garden can you see on my blog ,2 days ago ,have a nice day ,Nette

Pamela Gordon said...

We had a rainy and cool weekend here even though it was quite sunny and warm elsewhere in the Maritimes. The garden is so wet! But it makes it easier to pull out weeds. Things are popping up here too. I love your hill of daffodils! Beautiful.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh my gosh Carolyn your garden is breathtaking!! I so wish I could get into gardening...it must be so rewarding...maybe one day!?! Hope you are well..xo Chrissy

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Beautiful pictures Carolyn. I am particularly fond of snakeshead fritillaries.
Paul

La Table De Nana said...

We're at the same spot flower and foliage wise..But your daffs so outdid mine!

Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

Don't you just love those first warm days of spring?

Your garden is looking beautiful. I've tried fritillaries but seem to disappear for me. I'm jealous to read that yours are slowly spreading. I may have to try again. Our roses are just starting to bloom here in Pennsylvania.

Have a happy week ahead!!
All my best ~ Jenn

Kathie said...

So beautiful Carolyn. I love this time of year. Everything is so fresh and pretty!

Kathie said...

PS - I'm taking the plunge and trying roses again! I gave up on them a number of years ago as they always died every winter - but you've inspired me with yours - and proved that they can grow here. I'm pulling out a juniper bush to give them a sunny spot next to the house. Hopefully I'll have some rose pictures to show in the not too distant future!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely pictures, Carolyn! Your red tulips are so bright and pretty. Love this time of year!

Blessings,
Sandi

Erica (Irene) said...

GORGEOUS!!!!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Such a beautiful sring garden you have. Here by Lake Superior we are at least a couple of weeks behind you! My hostas are only now peeking through the ground, and my bleeding hearts are about eight inches high with no buds yet! The lily of the valleys are just now starting to bloom and my daffodils are still blooming because of the cool weather we had.
I must have the latest garden to bloom!
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Nancy

A Garden of Threads said...

I just love the first warm days of spring, gives the bulbs a push to perform. Many of my tulips did not return, wonder if it cold period was not long enough. Happy Gardening tomorrow.

All Things Chic 2 said...

So much color already...
Beautiful Carolyn...
Maybe one day I'll get to see all your beauty...
Blessings Lori

June said...

Everything is looking so lovely Carolyn! Such beautiful photos of your tulips and daffodils.
I am so happy to hear that you had a wonderful mother's day. It's always such a great celebration.
hugs from here...

Shellywellydoodlealltheday said...

How beautiful! It must make your heart sing every time you step outside! Have a good day xx

Rowan said...

So many lovely plants in your garden - my snakeshead fritillaries are going to seed now and the daffodils are long gone:) I love the white bleeding heart, I have it in pink but I lost my white one over the winter unfortunately.

Carol said...

Hello Carolyn, It is fun to see spring finally opening for you there in your wondrous world. Happy Blooms! Your photos are stunning as always and a joy to see the magical light and new life.

boomgaard said...

Je tuin is werkelijk heel erg mooi, ik heb genoten.

Groet,

Marieke.

boomgaard said...

Je tuin is werkelijk heel erg mooi, ik heb genoten.

Groet,

Marieke.