The first day of spring has finally arrived. It's a bit chillier than I would have liked
(our area will be in the 40s and the forecast for tonight is 22), but it's finally here! Oh how I've dreamed of this day. This day signals the start of blooms, sunshine, leaves, green and working in my garden! Every day I take my "walkabout" to see what's happening in the garden. Come along with me and let's take a look......
This little guy sits in a pot of flowers on my front porch and welcomes visitors.
Behind the pot of flowers is this table with some spring decorations.
My Camellia is finally opening!
More flowers will be open soon.
The Creeping Phlox is starting to bloom.
Last fall I did not plant any Crocus or Hyacinth bulbs. I've seen so many beautiful pictures in other blogs that I just had to have some. So what to do.....easy, go to the garden center and buy pots of blooming Crocus and Hyacinth and plant them!
All of my Peonies are getting taller. This one is "Sorbet".
I enjoy hearing my Cardinal windchime while I'm working in the garden.
This is one of the Daffys I planted in January. I didn't know how they would do since I planted them so late, but they all have buds on them and this was the first to bloom!
The buds on the Cheddar Pinks are about to burst open.
I have to include my violas for the first day of spring.
My hubby just planted this evergreen Witch Hazel, Distylium "Emerald Heights", last Saturday. It's doing great! (He planted nine shrubs I had waiting in the garage.)
This Pearlbush, "Snow Day Surprise", is leafing out nicely.
Another shrub, Weigela, "Sonic Bloom Red", planted on Saturday. These three shrubs are in Morrow Park.
The ground cover, Veronica, "peduncularis, Georgia Blue", is blooming. I have clumps of this along a path in one of my beds.
The Trumpet Vine on this arch in the front garden is really leafing out and looking great. Last year at this time is was only about two feet tall and had a fungus. I sprayed it repeatedly with neem oil and now look at it!
The Viburnums by the driveway are blooming.
This Flowering Quince always puts on a show in spring!
The buds on the Clove Currant are starting to open. These flowers have the intense fragrance of cloves that fills the air in the back garden. It's intoxicating!!
The Oriental Lilies have broken through the soil and will be going up, up, up towards the sun!
And what would spring be without Forsythia. It's coming along nicely!
I've put out the spring decorations in my home. I have to say the spring decorations are my favorites because they're just so cheery! This mantle is just inside the front door.
I also wanted to give everyone an update on my Little Blue Visitors. My Bluebird couple are still hanging around and checking out the house I put out for them. They haven't taken any nesting material inside, (as far as I can tell), but they sure go in and out a lot. Here's the oddest thing of all.....yesterday when I was doing my exercises in our gym (which is at the front of the house and the kitchen and office are at the back of the house), the Bluebirds both came and landed on the window and looked in at me. When I was done exercising and went back into the office, there they were at the office window. Very odd behavior by my little Bluebirds!
Happy first day of spring everyone and....
Words and Photos Property of Christy's Cottage Wildlife Garden