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How I Spent My Spring

Spring is always a whirlwind. Here are some things I’ve been doing lately in my 2-year-old garden.

  • Feeling grateful and extremely lucky that the previous owner of this land planted trees decades ago, and now I get to live with them.
  • Planting young trees, looking forward to watching them grow, and thinking about how — if all goes well — another person will be enjoying them after I am gone.
  • Admiring some of my groundcovers that have already spread enough to make a noticeable impact, including creeping horehound (Marrubium rotundifolium), curlicue sage (Artemisia versicolor ‘Seafoam’), pussytoes (Antennaria varieties), catmint (Nepeta), and Angelina sedum.
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I hadn’t grown this variety of pussytoes (Antennaria microphylla) before and was pleasantly surprised that it blooms pink rather than white.

  • Delighting in the surprise of new bulbs planted last fall.
  • Noticing what resources my land produces that I can use. For instance, fallen pine needles make excellent mulch, holding warmth and moisture around new young plants that are borderline hardy here, like winter savory (Satureja montana).
  • Adding more of the plants — from penstemons to pinion pines — that seemed to settle in quickly and grow well over the last year.
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Heuchera cylindrica, the native alumroot, has so far proven highly adapted to my garden, so I am spreading it around. Big solitary bumble bees frequently visit the pale yellow flowers.

  • Marveling at the worms I find each time I raise a shovel full of leaf-smothered lawn.
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A serious number of worms, and rich crumbly soil, are giving my new plants a good start in life.

  • Welcoming a frog (same one? new one? not sure) back to the pond after a year with no frog.
  • Falling more in love with this place.
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Now in its second year, my courtyard garden is filling in and offering more diversity and interest.

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Hard to believe that it looked like this in March last year!

Posted by on May 6, 2015 at 3:49 am, in the category Real Gardens.
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6 responses to “How I Spent My Spring”

  1. Marte says:

    Your garden looks beautiful Evelyn!

  2. Garden Rant Garden Rant says:

    WOW! Looking fabulous, and in just a year! Susan

  3. Beth says:

    Evelyn, I’m so happy to see your progress in your gardens. I remember when you were installing them and they look so nice now. But I think you need a few nice garden benches there both as sculptural focal points and to allow you and your visitors resting places from which to admire your new plants. Looking forward to seeing what else blooms this year. -Beth

  4. Cathy says:

    The change is incredible. In a few years when hubby and I buy a house I’ll be going crazy gardening and your pictures are some incredible inspiration!

    And a reminder that no matter how something looks, a year (and a lot of work) later it can be gorgeous!

  5. Teri Speight says:

    This is such a beautiful garden. Very personal and very peaceful…..

  6. Jordan says:

    Beautiful pics! Glad to see you’ve been busy – hope the weather has been good where you are! Can’t wait to see more!