Spring is officially here, and some days it even feels like it. The sun on my face. The forsythia in bloom. The allergies threatening my very existence. Reveling in the beauty as I choose not to acknowledge that blossoms and pollen go hand in hand. Dreaming of the day that my home, too, will be beautiful.
We moved last June (more to come on that later) so this is the first spring in our home. On the one hand it’s exciting to guess what’s coming- I’ve only seen one single daffodil but I have high hopes that the bulbs that have sprouted will be tulips and irises. The azaleas will be beautiful sometime in the near future. I’m hopeful the hydrangea I received for Mother’s Day last year survived the winter and will burst into life this summer. And that’s about where my happiness with our current situation ends.
The only modifications we’ve made to the exterior of our home so far are the removal of a dead tree (still waiting for the company to come back to grind the stump, you can see it in the photo above) and the addition of a fence because #doglife. There are big, gross, half-dead bushes lining the front of our house. The posts for our front porch are rotting. The sidewalk is cracked (I blame the dead tree we had removed, who knew roots could be so strong?!). Basically there’s a lot to do but who can dedicate significant time to landscaping when there are toddlers to entertain? My hope is that we can do some serious work removing what we don’t like before the annual local master gardener’s plant sale. The front of the house is less shady now that the giant tree is gone but definitely not full sun. I’m dreaming of some salvia, hostas and perennial geraniums. Basically I want flowering perennials to take over my home- all of the beauty without the annual expense (if I can resist the pansies and petunias).
Here you can see the terraced flower garden that is home to the azaleas. Unfortunately it’s also home to some yuccas (yuck!) and barberry bushes that we plan to take out. My dream here is to clean it up and plant all the bulbs. Hyacinths and daffodils scream spring because they’re early bloomers. Irises and gladiolas for summer showy blooms. And then I’ll throw some zinnia seeds around and see what happens. My dream here is enough flowers to enjoy outside and to cut for vases throughout the house.
The landscaping is definitely a work in progress (and by that what I really mean is yet to even get started) but the potential is real. What are your favorite plants and flowers?