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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hello Spring......

This time of year, I am hard pressed to stay inside.  Every day, there is something new popping up in my garden, sprouting new leaves where the day before there had been none, creating buds to become flowers someday soon.....it's my favorite time of year!
I thought I'd share some of my favorite flowers that will soon be making an appearance in my garden.....
This is an heirloom tulip; I *think* it's called Admiral Constanople and of course after looking at it, it's now calling out to be in it's own painting.  I did a painting last year of another view, but it was less focused down...

I am a FOOL for foxglloves, Sherrie at my garden center always reserves a flat of them for me in the Autumn because she knows I'll be coming to look for them.....


My Jackmanni clematis already has buds, I can't wait- maybe it's time to do another painting of one?


The rose is "Cinco de Mayo" and it always blooms by my birthday April 30th as a wee giftie :)


The side entrance path to my front garden- I LOVE my irises, have been wanting to do a painting of them all year......


This is what our back garden looked like last year, which was the end of a two year drought.  When we bought our house, we knew it was in the flood plain, but there hadn't been a major flood since 1963.  So, I thought I was safe planting in the back.   However, in the past year, every time it has rained, the garden has flooded and we have lost a LOT of plants.....much of the above no longer exists,
BUT we have almost finished putting in a dry creek and a pond to control and direct the water.  I'm so excited about it, you can be sure that I'll be posting pictures in the next couple of weeks.  As a gardener, you always have to have a plan! 
So happy first day of Spring, and for those of you who are gardeners, Happy Gardening!
Cheers,
Stephanie

6 comments:

Yvonne said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous flowers, Stephanie. Such detail and the colours are magnificent!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I can see where you get much of your inspiration. Right from the garden. I was shocked when I saw the photo of the flood in your back yard. I hope the dry creek provides the drainage you so desperately need.

And yes, a plan is always best. Especially if you want a garden as lovely as yours. I'm totally impressed with it. I have ONE tree in my front yard and it covers the entire front. I can't grow anything but shade plants. No grass grows well, either. you are always welcome in my garden any time of the year!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

oh my gosh, your poor garden! I hope your flood plan works!

Healing Woman said...

You had to be heartbroken over the loss of your beautiful garden. You will appreciate all the more your new garden once it is in again with dry creek drainage in place. When I saw the first pictures, I was getting ready to comment on how lucky you are to have flat land. I live in a mountain range and must travel up and down the hill to create a terraced garden. This is a lot of work. Guess anything beautiful is worth working for.

Lynn Stevens said...

I'm green with envy, just about the same color as all your gorgeous plants! We are just coming out of hibernation and well its all still brown... The flood you had must have been devestating! but looks like its as beautiful as ever, but a sad loss none the less! Thanks for the peek into your paradise!

Christine Edwards said...

What a lovely garden you have. We're just getting the bulbs starting to make an appearance, so maybe some daffs and tulips will show themselves in the next few weeks. I wish I had more of a green thumb.