Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday Morning Post: Spring Edition



Something's happening today that hasn't happened in a while. It's sunny in Seattle. Okay, so the weather was awesome all weekend, but after so many months of overcast and rain and clouds and drizzle and mist and fog and damp, I want the sun to stick around for a while. Like, till next October, ideally.

Yeah, that won't happen. I'll be lucky if it's still spring when I wake up again. In the meantime, check out what's happening along my front walkway. The weeping birch is leafing out and all the Pacific Coast Iris are spreading their wings. Some of them look a little beat up, but by the time they're done blooming in the end of June, the asters will have pretty much taken over. If I had more energy I'd have pruned out the dead bits. Next spring...






The species tulips that come up in the bed to the left are pretty much done but if you look close you can see some pretty blue-flowered muscari, and in a little while the mint will fill in. The large clump if iris at the center is a random volunteer, and if it doesn't bloom I'm going to get rid of it. The stone birdbath was my 10th anniversary present to my husband.


 


 

Look! See, it is sunny. I'm not even joking. On the left you can (kinda) see a small maple that came from a start off the big tree in my parent's yard, and below is Burnsie the dog digging in the herb bed. He's discovered a passion for "gardening".  ;)


The shots below are of my back porch, where I ate breakfast this morning. It's my favorite place in the garden. If you look closely you can see the plants I bought a week or so ago, all ready and waiting to find their new homes. Soon! I promise. 
Now, what's the best thing about your garden?
Peace, 
Liv





14 comments:

Kristin McFarland said...

It's alive! That's the best part.

Seriously, though, I'm thrilled. Every spring I mope around because we don't have a house and a garden, so this year I decided to make my own balcony garden. It's doing really, well, too! Until this weekend, the lilac bush made the entire balcony smell amazing, but I'm pretty sure it's at the end of its flowering-span. But I have the herbs and vegetables to look forward to!

Liv said...

You can do amazing things on a balcony, Kristin. Enjoy it!
;)

Rebecca said...

We got our first serious sunshine over the weekend in Montana. It was a joy after a long winter of dreary days and icy roads. I loved your pictures and your blog post about your garden. My garden? My daffodils sprang up and flowered over the weekend, as did some lupine. I think the irises will bloom soon too. Like you, I wish I had done more cleanup before spring sprung itself. I've got the husks of last year's poppies and irises giving the garden a slightly ratty feel. Still, seeing the blooms and the colors make my heart do a little skip of joy, regardless of last year's detritus. I am a newbie gardener (this is only my 2nd year of not killing everg green thing Icome into contact with), so I'm going to just enjoy the flowers. I'm also hoping to plant interesting tomato varietals in pots on my back deck. It worked last year, and I felt so accomplished.

Happy Spring,
Rebecca (Chronic Town--from your WANA 112 class)

Mike Schulenberg said...

I don't have a lawn or a garden, but if I did, it would have a ceramic octopus ;)

Liv said...

Thanks for checking in, Rebecca. I hear you - cleaning up from last year is a pain. I tend to let things stay on for far too long. I like the old seed heads and so do the birds. Good luck with your tomatoes!

Liv said...

Somewhere there's a garden designer who thinks you're an ideal client, Mike.
;)
Thanks!

Tami Clayton said...

Your garden looks like a lovely place to linger on a sunny day. I have been so JOYFUL over the sun finally warming up my corner of the world. Oy, the rain was really getting me down this year. I have been sitting in the sun on my back deck and enjoying the two 70 year old Bartlett pear trees that are in bloom.

Liv said...

I bet those pear trees are gorgeous, Tami! Enjoy the view.
;)

Anonymous said...

I've been writing in all my spare time, so my garden has gone *wild*. You've inspired me to get out there and tame the beast! I love working with living things and digging in dirt. Elizabeth Fais :-)

Liv said...

Good! The beast is waiting. Of course, it'll still be waiting in a few weeks, if things get busy. It's funny how real life interacts with the garden - like, I haven't planted a bulb since the kids got old enough to play soccer (& now football). Too busy in the fall. And writing has definitely reduced my gardening time. If you get out there, Elizabeth, I hope you have fun!

Kim Griffin said...

I love the area where you ate breakfast ~ it looks so inviting! I guess the best thing about my garden right now are the peas growing in it. My 5 year old pick the fresh peas each morning so she can eat them for breakfast :)

Soon we'll have zinnias and that will bring in the hummingbirds.

Liv said...

I haven't done peas in a couple of years, but it was a great way of getting the kids to eat vegies! Thanks for checking in, Kim!

Cora said...

I love my garden. It's my source of peace and calm when I need moments to re-charge. Working in the garden is good exercise for me, but these days, my husband is doing more of the work while I am inside writing. We add new vegetables every year, and I get into canning when the tomatoes start pumping out their fruit. We have fruit trees (orange, lemon, fig, kumquat, lime), too. I will have to do a post with pictures one of these days.

Liv said...

I'd love to see pictures of your garden, Cora. Seattle's too cool to grow good tomatoes, so I've given that up. Maybe when the kids are older & I have more time to baby them...
;)