I'm not sure where the time keeps going to these days... a few weeks ago I was going to share what was up around my garden. Like our last couple of springs, this one seems to be a bit warmer than normal and everything is popping up fast and furious around here... in fact these first daffodils in front of the barn are not so pretty now.
It was hard to pick just a few... five was my limit.
I started them by soaking them in water for a couple of days...
My first ever, well in a long time, crocus came up all over too. This variety was pretty tiny, and of course, is now long gone.
A couple of weeks ago...
And last weekend... the magnolia was magnificent this year... and I was super happy with my new daffodil bulbs too. This magnolia is an existing plant when we moved here 11 plus years ago. It does so much better without grass growing around it and the watering of the lawn keeps is happy too.
And all those daffodils? Last year I decided to buy bulbs online instead of just a bag from Costco... I had done this with my tulips a couple of years ago and was very happy with their blooms. Last summer I waited for a good deal on Breck's bulbs and got a couple of big batches of daffodils plus a bunch of freebies (the crocus bulbs were part of my free bulbs!).
You can see these two hydrangea and the shrub rose are slow to leaf... another area that gets shade from neighboring trees until late spring/summer when the sun climbs a bit higher.
My yellow tulips (also Breck's) from a few years ago have been coming back in a nice healthy cluster around my little sign.
Love seeing these tulips in front of the retaining wall each year.
This leafless tree is a locust... believe it or not, 11 years ago this was a "shrub" and was about the height of the retaining wall next to it. It was here when we moved to Red Gate Farm and it took a number of years to figure out just what it was. It certainly is a fast growing "tree" but definitely a late "leafer".
Last week was the first red tulip, they are a bit later than the yellow ones... although after this last weekend of sun..
That solo one has some friends!
The red is really popping against my husband's baby... the lawn.
The nectarine tree was beautiful and in flower for a number of days... hopefully this will mean lots of nectarines again this year, although we'll be sure to "thin" them so we don't loose half the tree like we did a couple of years ago due to a heavy crop!
This was 10 days ago...
And this was last night! Getting close!
Last year I potted a little yellow start of a lilac with plans to pot up more starts this year. We'd like to create a hedge along our property to the south of the barn... with this pale purple and the yellow I have access to white and dark purple lilacs. Wouldn't a hedge of lilacs be spectacular!
More of my bulb freebies... short little red tulips and more daffodils.
Barely peaking over the top for the ones inside!! Loved the little tulips in and around my "sunflower trough".
A happy view when you come up the driveway... before you know it the peonies on each side will be blooming and then on to sunflowers!
And speaking of what's up... this little girl is barreling her way to 2! At the end of May will be her second birthday, I can hardly believe that it's been almost 2 years and she isn't a baby anymore but a toddler.
Finally, just enough hair for a little pony on top! She definitely takes after her mama on the hair or should I say lack of it.
With sunny spring days my to do list has been long, but so worth it. Nothing better than getting outside on a nice spring day.
How about you? What's "up" in your neighborhood?
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