A Moment in Time

Spring Anenomes dance in the late May breeze.

Hi Friends!

Rabbit! Rabbit!

June, June, Hooray, it’s June…

Wishing you a whole new month of sunny days in the garden!

The magical month of May really flew by quickly! Although I spent many happy hours in the garden, rainy days kept me inside much more than usual the past few weeks. There were so many days when I could only enjoy the garden through the windows, as the raindrops trickled down the glass panes.

Luckily, I knew where to find a ‘sunny’ spot, even on the rainiest of days. With a cup of tea in hand, I happily disappeared into the ‘Paper Garden’ ~ my little papercrafting studio downstairs. The bright ‘sunshine’ of daylight bulbs and colorful, dried flowers and herbs (from last year’s garden) hanging from the ceiling rafters, inspired creative ideas to bloom. Creating cheery cards and playing with watercolors are two of my favorite ways to create my own sunshine in spite of the weather outside.

Between downpours, my camera lens captured some favorite ‘moments in time’ in the garden last week. The final week of May was a very colorful one in our Midwest cottage garden. What fun to fill vases with flowers to bring some of the garden inside!

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Anemones were breathtaking in the early evening sunlight. I filled small vases with dainty bouquets of Anemones and Dianthus.

Pale purple iris in bloom

Irises were the first flowers to bloom in my Friendship Garden. They always remind me of a very special friend!

The delicate blossoms of Cranesbill Geranium, Lilies of the Valley, Daisies, Allium, and Spirea add color to the garden in mid to late May.

The delicate blossoms of Cranesbill Geranium, Lilies of the Valley, Anemones, Daisies, Allium, and Spirea added soft color to the garden in late May.

Bright pink Rhododendron

This Rhododendron holds fond family memories. Originally a gift from a neighbor, it grew in my mom’s garden while I was young. Before my parents moved across the country, they dug up the Rhododendron and brought it to me. I just love the sweet family memories it adds to my garden today!

Bleeding Hearts, Columbine, Cranesbill Geranium, and Peonies added pops of color to our old-fashioned cottage garden in late May.

Delicate Bleeding Hearts, blue and pink Columbine, and bright Peonies added pops of color to our old-fashioned cottage garden in late May. This Peony plant was already growing in the garden when I moved here 28 years ago. Caring for plants that are a part of our home’s long history is really an honor!

As meteorological summer begins, the first week of June predicts delightful days in the garden!

A full week of sunshine is expected, as our temperatures gradually warm up.

I can hardly wait!

There is so much gardenkeeping to do everywhere I look.

Dandelion seed head

Dandelions have really been flourishing in all of the rain, too.  (Just keeping it real!)

As always, there are challenges in the garden. Creeping Charlie (ground ivy) is invading our lawn and making its way over the mulch and into the flower beds. A friend, who often sees me pulling out these bothersome vines, says that we have ‘Galloping Charlie.’ I agree! Our other big challenge in the neighborhood is an abundance of hungry groundhogs (woodchucks) who think of our garden as a salad bar. It must be groundhog GPS that leads them right to the newly planted perennials and alerts them to tender, tasty blossoms to nibble. If only we could train the groundhogs to develop a taste for Creeping Charlie! It would be a gardener’s dream-come-true!

What challenges are you facing in your garden as spring turns to summer?

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Take delight in those small

moments in time

that have never been seen before,

and shall never be seen again!

Wishing you a day filled with joyful moments!

♡Dawn

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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….

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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!

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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