I heard that lovely “beep…beep…beep” sound today that I asso­ciate with spring. No, it wasn’t a bird call. It was Chris, my UPS dri­ver back­ing up after drop­ping off two big boxes of flower bulbs for my Mary­land garden.

Spring! I love to walk around with the lit­tle dogs and see the gar­den awake.

young yoshino cherry tree

I snapped my annual shot of a cute Papil­lion next to the young, flow­er­ing yoshino cherry tree. This year’s super­model is Sarah.

daffodils

The mixed daf­fodil bulbs are up and bloom­ing by the dri­ve­way and near the hay field. There is a house I pass on the way to town with thou­sands of daffodils—all of the same vari­ety. It’s quite a dis­play. But I love the mix of all the dif­fer­ent types of daf­fodils all min­gled together. You can’t see them in this photo, but there are bunches of lit­tle mus­cari bulbs min­gled among the daffs.

The edge­wor­thia that began bloom­ing sev­eral months ago will soon be los­ing its flow­ers. This is a shrub that goes the extra mile with all-season inter­est. You can just see the flow­er­ing quince that’s about to burst forth in the background.

edgeworthia

Edge­wor­thia chrysan­tha ‘Snow Cream’

And speak­ing of plants with stay­ing power, I love this let­tuce mix that made it through the win­ter! But sadly, it is now chicken food since it is bit­ter. No wor­ries though. I have a whole new crop of spinach and let­tuce planted in the potager garden.

A mixture of lettuces in the potager garden

Let­tuces in the potager gar­den sur­vived through the winter.

This year I am all about con­tain­ers. The pan­sies and orna­men­tal oregano make nice early spring tran­si­tion plants. But I have big, big, big plans this year for containers!

ornamental oregano

Happy spring!

 

 

Robin
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I have been doing a lit­tle bit of blog house­keep­ing this week. There is so much more I need to do, but I’m here to tell you that I finally fin­ished up (I think) the 2012 gar­den album.  From the com­pos­ite page you can click on a photo to see a big­ger pic­ture. If you click on it again, you can see an even big­gerer pic­ture and can check my focus and look for weeds and stuff.

fall

I also added a small album of pho­tos I took at the Blaudel Reserve near Seat­tle Wash­ing­ton. The pho­tos don’t even come close to doing the place jus­tice, so really you just need to go and visit.

But wait! There’s more!!!

Over at my lit­tle Eggs & Chick­ens blog I have posted my review of the cook­book Flour by Joanne Chang. Go over there to read it and then click on the links to buy it from my lit­tle Ama­zon store. If 1,423,000 of you buy the book through my store, I can take some time off from my real job and still pay the cable tele­vi­sion bill. Joanne Chang would prob­a­bly appre­ci­ate it too. Thank you—from both of us.

 

Robin
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