A Burst of Spring Color!

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.

You know how it is with an April day.”

~ Robert Frost

Hi Friends!

With the arrival of April rainstorms and warmer temperatures, our Midwest garden is displaying its first burst of color. Gardening season is just beginning here… but garden happiness is in full bloom!  Wherever you live, I hope you can feel the excitement of new beginnings, too!

Springtime is definitely my favorite season in the garden. I can see the changes each day as new foliage emerges from the dark, wet soil. The burst of color from each blossom lights up early Spring garden beds! I love to take slow, daily walks through the garden, just to take note of all of the new growth. On the heels of our cold, snowy Winter, this burst of new growth feels like a miracle. Each Spring, my heart is simply filled with delight!

Come take a peek at the early Springtime colors in our garden this week….


The garden is all abloom, with tiny bursts of early Springtime blossoms! (Top: Crocus, Daffodil, Crocus; Bottom: Scilla, Miniature Iris, Pulmonaria)

Just last week, hidden beneath a clump of dried leaves, I spotted miniature Iris in full bloom. I couldn’t help doing a ‘happy dance’ right in the garden! Seriously! Day after day, the parade of color has continued ~ Crocus, Daffodil, Scilla, and today I discovered Pulmonaria in bloom.

Beauty is in the details ~ especially in the Springtime!

This week, I wanted to spotlight two of these early Spring bloomers.

They always bring a bright burst of color and it’s really fascinating to watch them grow!

Scilla siberica  {Photo Credit}

A few years ago, I planted several tiny bulbs of the eye-catching blue Scilla siberica (also known as: Siberian squill). Unlike my other Spring flowers, Scilla blooms while it is emerging from the soil. It’s such fun to see a tiny, blue blossom practically touching the soil. Growing to 8 inches in height, Scilla lifts its bloom as it grows. Within a few days, the blue, star-like flowers are dancing in the April breeze!

Pulmunaria officinalis  {Photo Credit}

For many years, I have enjoyed growing Pulmonaria officinalis (Common name: lungwort) in my garden. This shade-loving plant grows happily beneath our towering pine trees. It spreads very slowly from the original clump and thrives in soil rich with organic matter. I am always fascinated by the pink and blue flowers growing on the same stem in early Spring. Cutting off the leaves immediately after the bloom time encourages new white-speckled leaves to grow.

This Spring celebrates my 28th year of gardening happiness! It warms my heart to look back on all of the changes in my garden over the years. The ‘seasons’ of my gardening life have brought big changes to my gardening style. I learned to garden by planting flats of annuals, providing bright, season-long color throughout the garden. Neat and tidy, growing in staggered rows, annuals filled my border beds with instant color. Annuals were a perfect choice for a brand new gardener!

When I began visiting our Wednesday farmer’s market, I would treat myself to a new perennial each week. Before long, my neat, tidy annual beds evolved into old-fashioned perennial cottage gardens. What could be sweeter surrounding a cozy 1922 Bungalow? I adored the crowded, old-fashioned look of big, beautiful blossoms all tumbling together in my garden beds. There were so many flowers filling my collection of vases, that I began using stoneware crocks and pitchers to display the garden blossoms!

After several years of happily growing cottage gardens, my style changed again. I wanted to enjoy the beautiful form and unique foliage of each of my perennial charmers. I think I spent that entire summer digging ~ dividing and moving the perennials to different parts of the garden, allowing space to walk amongst the flowers. I made repeated trips to the garden center to buy bags of mulch, stacking six bags of mulch into my small car each time. Ahhhh, it felt wonderful to have room to breathe in my cottage gardens.

This long journey has been brimming over with garden happiness!  My garden teaches me wondrous, new things every day. I truly love my perennial, cottage-style beds. Now I enjoy them so much more, with freshly mulched paths, encouraging me to walk through the garden admiring each individual plant. On Summer mornings, you will often find me walking amongst the blossoms, with my snips, and a basket filled with flowers. It is so exciting when the gardener grows…  along with the garden!

Garden happiness will be in full bloom soon.

It all begins with a burst of Spring color!


What is your favorite gardening style? How have your gardens evolved over the years?

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I always enjoy our visits in the garden!

Scatter sunshine!

♡ Dawn


26 thoughts on “A Burst of Spring Color!

  1. Congrats on 28 years of gardening, Dawn! Your garden looks wonderful already, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings. I went out to work in the garden yesterday since the weather was just beautiful, and I realized that my parsley is starting to grow again, and my thyme seemed to never stop growing over winter, hidden beneath snow and dirt and leaves! So exciting 🙂

    • Oh, Chris! I am so excited for you! Doesn’t it seem like a miracle that our plants can survive such extreme winter conditions? There is still a great deal of gardenkeeping ahead of me ~ but I’m looking forward to being outside as the days grow warmer. Every year, I promise to keep a garden journal… hope this will be the year that I actually keep up with garden journaling! Before long, you will be cooking with your herbs again. Have a happy week, Chris! ♡

      • I always start the season with good intentions… and a beautiful garden journal, Chris! I just haven’t found the perfect way to keep journaling all season. One year, I used a calendar to journal the weekly changes in the garden. That was a bit easier. When the winter days return, I always wish that I had a full garden journal to reread and enjoy. Maybe this will be the year!?!?!? So happy that you came to visit today, Chris! ♡

  2. Dearest Dawn, you captured April in Frost’s words, in YOUR garden! This is my birthday month, and being from California, I always remember spring flowers and warmth. But having been away for 30 years (Boston then now Minneapolis), the seasons are more distinct. Never have I awaited spring like this, with such anticipation and more appreciation. Much love to you and ENJOY! (LOVELY FLOWERS!) Anita

    • Happy Birthday, Anita! April is the perfect month to celebrate YOU! How wonderful that you have lived in two of my favorite cities ~ Boston, and now Minneapolis! Very special places, indeed! Soak up all of the wonders of Spring. Your poetry will reflect all of the new growth everywhere you look! Have a great week, dear Anita! ♡

  3. Our gardens are blooming similarly Dawn although no perennials yet just bulbs. I have gone from shade gardening at the old house where we were surrounded by trees to cottage gardening here, adding veg gardens and now changing over to native plants for a more wildlife garden…I agree our gardens grow and change as we do…no more soulful experience than gardening.

    • Hi, Donna! Isn’t it fun to look back and see how our gardens have slowly changed over the years? The Herb Garden has become my favorite part of our garden ~ a true delight for all of the senses! I also plan to add more native plants this year, too. We are definitely kindred spirits… oh-so-happy as we ‘play’ in the garden. Enjoy lovely Spring days in your garden, Donna! ♡

  4. I love how everything is so blue and purpley~pink with that splash of a yellow daffodil. I often wonder if Spring colours look so amazing because they contrast so strikingly against the memories of the recent Winter months, or if it is because they are just beautiful? I reckon both apply, don’t you?
    Why! I do believe I have some of those Scilla siberica in some pots ~ you may have just solved yet another mystery in my Garden in The Shire!
    ~~~Deb in Wales

    • Hi, Deb! You are so right about the wonderful Spring colors! They are a study in contrasts ~ survivors of the winter and bright spots of color emerging from soil covered in crunchy, brown leaves. Although they look so delicate, they are strong! Yay! Your Scilla siberica will add the perfect bit of blue to your Garden in The Shire. Have yours already finished blooming? Wishing you a lovely day in the garden, Deb! ♡

  5. Dawn,
    My favorite garden is a cottage garden. I used to be partner to a dear friend in a business called “Blooming Borders” and we planned and planted peoples gardens for them. I hope you will share pictures of your garden once the plants are in full bloom. I fear the punishing drought we’re experience will have some dire consequences on how my garden grows going forward. Ah well, new plants to familiarize myself with! 🙂
    Happy Spring.

    • Oh, Karen! I can just imagine you making people’s dreams come true, through “Blooming Borders.” {Great name!!} Wish you lived closer and could offer advice here! Such dire drought conditions for our California friends. Native plants and desert plants might be slowly added to your garden. It really is exciting to learn about new plants… and new possibilities! Wish we could send you lots of raindrops! So glad you stopped by. Happy Monday, Karen! ♡

  6. I noticed you had posted last night, Dawn, but, decided to wait for a read this morning over a cup of tea. I’m so glad I did for this was a balm for the winter-weary gardening soul. Wonderful photos and words.

    I tend towards the cottage garden, but, the gardens here on the Cutoff have been a unique challenge because of the deer. The herd, and I do mean herd, have decimated many plants, but, springtime is glorious because the one thing they do not eat are daffodils – they daffs are performing wondrously this year. 🙂

    On Saturday, my car took me to the Morton. It is starting to flower, Dawn, but, the Daffodil Glade was still waiting. Maybe this week.

    Lovely post. Thank you.

    • Dearest Penny, I always look forward to your visits! With the recent rains and warmer days, we will both be busy in the garden very, very soon! Yesterday I cut the grass for the first time this season. It won’t be long now! I’m so amazed that you have a herd of deer that visit your yard, Penny! Last Autumn, for the very first time, one small deer ran through our yard. He was obviously lost and frightened, since he had crossed several busy streets to reach our neighborhood. He jumped over fences and moved on quickly. I can totally understand the challenges of gardening with hungry creatures visiting, though. We have hungry groundhogs that think of our garden as a ‘salad bar.’ I think they must be foodies, for they always eat the brand new plants right away! When I buy plants, I must hide them in the garage, or the hungry groundhogs will eat them right out of their pots. Thank goodness the deer don’t like Daffodils!! Oh, I’m so hoping that the Daffodil Glade will wait one more week for me! It’s a busy week this week. Have a wonderful week, Penny! ♡

  7. Well, if they are Scilla siberica then yes, they are pretty much over, as are all my Spring bulbs now, and we pass into that lull before late Spring brings the next wave of flowers. There is an element of doubt, though, as one pot is blue the other pink. I need to investigate further. I took photographs but, as with the lNerine bowdenii {Bowden Cornish Lilies} last year they are free arrivals in the garden! Got to love them freebies, even if we don’t know what they are!

    • Oh, Deb! ‘Mystery plants’ are such fun! I remember you writing about them months ago. I will do a bit of research, too. Garden freebies are the best plants! Sending sunshine to our favorite garden detective! ♡

  8. I had to smile as you described your evolution. I think I’ve traveled a similar path. I found myself last year adding a few more shrubs and mulch so there wasn’t quite as much deadheading. In my case, I’m thinking age is having something to do with my gardening evolution, and that’s okay. 🙂

    • Hi, Judy! I’m smiling here, too! We are both on the same path. The mulch is really helping with weed control, so less kneeling down to weed. Deadheading is one of my favorite gardenkeeping tasks. Although sometimes I have to wait in line behind the bees to deadhead the flowers! I’m thinking that is a nice ‘problem’ to have in the garden. You will appreciate your garden more than ever this Spring! Happy garden days, Judy! ♡

  9. Dear Dawn, your garden is looking so lovely! I have some of the same plants you do. Lungwort is blooming today in my garden and I couldn’t be happier. I have a shade garden and now the hellebores are putting on their show..Even though their blooms are shy, I still love them. I’ve worked all day in the garden and am the most happiest there! Enjoy your time spent in your garden, Dawn! I’m enjoying your blog very much! ♥

    • Hi, Martha Ellen! Isn’t it fun to discover that we have many of the same plants in our gardens? I’m hoping for my first Hellebore blooms this year. I’ve always thought they were such lovely plants. I’m sure that you are happy… but very tired after a day in the garden. It’s the best kind of tired! Heartfelt thanks for your sweet words. Have a wonderful week, Martha Ellen! ♡

  10. I see you love blue flowers as I do! My favorite color combination is blue-green-white (Earth!), so I love planting blue and white flowers throughout the garden. Things are certainly taking their time here, but at least the signs of approaching flora are here!

    • Hi,Ericka! I love blue flowers! They always add such a happy feeling to the garden. Your favorite colors truly reflect the colors of Earth… just perfect in the garden! Spring is on the way. We will enjoy it even more, having waited so long! Have a great weekend, Ericka!

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