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Blog entry by Iris43 posted 04-19-2013 02:18 PM 791 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spring is taking it’s time coming this year. Maybe bc of the disaster of our exceptionally early spring last year.

But spring will come! Slowly.

March 2013

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April 2013 If you look closely, you can see the little shelving unit I have in the front window for starting my seedlings.

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Some early blooms…..aconites

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Iris reticulata

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Crocuses and snowdrops

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Hellebores

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If I could take pics today, April 19th, you would see the difference even a few warm days can make. As soon as it stops raining I’ll add to this thread. The daffodils are just beginning to bloom.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'



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Cindy

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posted 04-19-2013 02:28 PM

Lovely! You have so many wonderful garden accessories – the planter shaped like a blossom, sundials, sculptures and such – I love them. For too many years my garden has been a sloppy mess – last year it was dry, hot, and windy. I couldn’t do a thing for all the dirt/debris blowing into my face & eyes, so now it’s even worse – lol. This year I want to get some pretty (non-living) eye candy in the garden/yard. Your pics are so inspirational! Can’t wait to see more : )

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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stefang

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posted 04-19-2013 06:52 PM

Nice to see something blooming Iris. You are a little ahead of us here in Norway.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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Iris43

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posted 04-19-2013 07:50 PM

Cindy, thank you. I feel that my garden is beginning to mature nicely after 10 years since I began this phase of my gardening experience. I try very hard to control my inclination to collect cutesy things for the garden. (sometimes I’m not successful) :D Classic garden art, like the arbor, is more expensive but really does add structure and definitely ages very nicely. Gardens are not static but ever-changing.

Hi Mike, good to ‘see’ you again. Believe me, it is very nice to see some things starting to bloom. I didn’t go south this winter so I am ready for spring and spring blooms!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Cindy

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posted 04-19-2013 08:01 PM

I think I’m entering a cutesy stage of life – I’ll have to be wary…lol

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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Iris43

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posted 04-19-2013 08:35 PM

Right! LOL

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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sharad

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posted 04-20-2013 05:40 PM

Iris, how nice to see the difference in the scene between March and April. Your blooms show that spring is not very far now and we can expect from you pictures of many other plants coming to life.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-22-2013 08:55 PM

oh wonderful!!!!
I’m envious of your “seed starting window”.

My grandson was admiring my “pretty flowers” and then explored them with the stick he was carrying “tap tap tap”. Yes, they were pretty flowers.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 04-24-2013 12:05 PM

Your spring started a little before ours but we are finally seeing some bulbs and blooms too. Your gardens are lovely in every season.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 04-24-2013 12:25 PM

Your hellebores look really appealing. I just planted three yesterday when I returned home from work. I hope they take. The rain today will certainly help. I also planted another tree peony in the front garden. A lot of digging was required there.

Have you started your pond up yet? I did start one of mine, but not the others yet. .... time constraints.

I still am envious of your lovely archway into your back garden. It reminds me so much of one my father had in his garden.

We look forward to seeing more photos, Iris43. Your gardens are always so lovely.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 05-01-2013 03:03 PM

Sharad, spring is always an exciting time in the gardens. As each of the plants re-generate and begin to grow I feel like I’m greeting old friends that have been absent for the winter.

MsDeb, I love my big window, summer, fall, winter and especially spring, when I use it for starting seeds bf I put them outside to continue to grow in the garage.

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Jroot, I have been very pleased with the hellebores. And a bonus…they re-seed themselves profusely. I have one more to add…a relatively new one and it has just started to show nicely this week. Good luck with yours. And with your new peony tree too. Be sure to post a picture when it blooms.

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I haven’t started the pond yet although I did get it uncovered. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to drain it this spring but after finding a couple dead frogs and a dead mouse in it, I guess it will need to be emptied and re-filled. :{

Thanks for your compliment on my arbor and gardens. I really do enjoy the archway, and think it adds a classic touch to the gardens. I imagine we are all anxiously looking forward to our summer blooms.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Iris43

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posted 05-01-2013 05:00 PM

Spied my first magnolia bloom today. Like MsDeb, I am so happy to see there are no night frosts predicted in the next week. That should give the flowers at least a week to look pretty. :)
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Guess I need to start a new blog for May now, don’t I?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-01-2013 05:05 PM

ooh and don’t they look lovely.

you have so many beautiful plants growing and starting!!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 05-02-2013 01:02 AM

Beautiful magnolia buds, Iris. The tree will look magnificent once they all open. Happy spring!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Iris43

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posted 05-13-2013 12:17 AM

Eleven days ago the first saucer magnolia bloomed. I don’t know what happened to that picture!?

Here we are less that two weeks later and magnolia trees are bare…..but what glory there was!

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And now the migrating birds are returning and passing through our area.

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This is a pic of an indigo bunting that visited my feeders this morning, and came back this evening. I wonder if it will still be here tomorrow.

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Nest-building for the robin.

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The rose-breasted grosbeaks are back!

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And the orioles!

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-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-16-2013 05:36 PM

look at all the birds you get !!!
Wow, wouldn’t my grandson and I have fun .. ok, wouldn’t I have fun.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

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posted 06-04-2013 01:07 AM

Looks like you are off to another wonderful gardening year Iris.I just love all the different birds you get there compared to here..Sadly my gardens dont look so great yet.The heavy rain and winds have really taken their toll on everything that was starting to bloom or had bloomed.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 06-04-2013 11:48 AM

Excellent bird photos, Iris. I always enjoy seeing photos of your garden visitors. I never seem to have my camera with me when I see visitors in our garden. Yesterday, I found an Eastern Painted Turtle calmly walking down the path of my garden. I imagine she is looking for a place to lay her eggs. I ran in to fetch my camera and by the time I was back she was nestled deep inside my plants, making a photo impossible.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-04-2013 04:37 PM

I thought that you were going to say that by the time you got back she was already gone and I thought, “wow… fast turtle, or slow Robin!”

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 06-04-2013 05:05 PM

: D

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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