The Wonders of Spring

Hi Friends!

Welcome to our garden! I’m so glad that you could stop by for a visit today. What could be sweeter than a little walk to see what’s blooming during the first week of the merry, merry month of May? After a long, cold, snowy Winter and cool days in early Spring, our garden (in Zone 5) is now bursting into bloom! May is my very favorite month of the year, and these are just some of the reasons why…



It’s warm enough to relax on the front porch swing and enjoy the Magnolia blossoms!



Although the Magnolia blossoms only last a week or so, we truly enjoy them! Whenever we step out the front door, we are greeted with a lovely, pink bouquet!

In the shade of our huge pine trees, the Bleeding Hearts are in bloom.

In the shade of our huge pine trees, the Bleeding Hearts are in bloom.

Such delicate blossoms!

Bleeding Hearts have such delicate, charming, old-fashioned blossoms.

Tulips are bobbing in the gentle breeze.

Tulips in pastel shades are bobbing in the gentle breeze.

Mixed colors of tulips are as bright as crayons!

These tulips in mixed colors are as bright as crayons!

Yellow Forsythia branches spill over the herb garden fence. Bright pink Quince blossoms greet backdoor guests.

Yellow Forsythia branches spill over the herb garden fence. Bright pink Quince blossoms greet backdoor guests.

Friends are always welcome!

One of the special joys of gardening is sharing our garden with friends.

In a few weeks, we will walk through the garden gate together to visit our herb garden. The fragrant herbs are sure to delight all of your senses!


I’ve been spending my afternoons ‘gardenkeeping’ this week. There is always a LOT of Spring clean-up  in our garden. When the growing season ends in the Fall, I always leave the stems and dried flowers on all of my perennials. It creates such a lovely ‘shadow garden’ all winter long. Whenever we are walking through the snowy yard or shoveling the snow, we can still enjoy the garden and the memories warm summer days. The birds enjoy the flower seeds, too! In the very early Spring, the dried flower stems provide lots of nest building materials.


My hours spent happily gardenkeeping are filled with birdsong and Spring breezes. It’s such fun to watch the garden change each day, as new plants emerge and grow quickly. Now it’s time to add new mulch to the flower beds and prepare the containers for their new plants. I’m always so excited for our Spring planting day to arrive on May 15th. For me, it’s the very best day of the year! It’s a time filled with the wonders of Spring and the promise of Summer!


A visit to Susan Branch's wonderful blog will delight you!

A visit to Susan Branch’s wonderful blog will fill you with the wonder of Spring!  Stop and visit her beautiful gardens on Martha’s Vineyard!


Happy Springtime!

♡ Dawn


P.S.  What’s blooming in your garden this week?




4 thoughts on “The Wonders of Spring

  1. Hi sweet girl! Love seeing your blooms and how adorable is the word “gardenkeeping?!” Everything is in full bloom and so pretty by you. Up here (Zone 4) we had such a long, cold, harsh winter that we fear we have lost many of our plants. Not much is blooming yet except a few crocus. So, we wait for the warmer weather and will see what happens. The bunnies chewed many of our flowering shrubs down to nothing so they aren’t looking very well, either. 😦 Thank you for the tour of your beauty!


    • Hi Karen! Hopefully, many of your plants will just be a little late this Spring. Keep checking your garden each day! Our gardens are about two or three weeks later than usual. It looks like my lavender plants might not have made it through this long, hard winter. I’m hoping for the best! Last Spring, there was no sign of Phlox in my cutting garden. But after a month, they all began to grow. Wishing you an abundance of blossoms… very soon! ♡

  2. Hello dear friend! Congratulations on your beautiful blog. I am thrilled to read your wonderful posts and to see your gorgeous garden pictures. I adore the Bleeding Heart pictures. Dave and I used to have a couple of those tender little plants, but they didn’t survive one winter – a winter much less stressful than this one. I echo your wishes for Karen P: hopefully those little shoots will be popping up any day now. We have had a much later start here in zone 5, as Dawn said. Dawn, I look forward to sharing some time creating with paper later this week. sending much love,

    • Thanks so much for visiting, Beth! Everything seems to be growing so quickly now, after our rainy week and a few hot days. Today was a nice day in the garden. I’m really looking forward to our creative time… with paper and ink! ♡

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