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  • Early Spring Blooms & Gardening


    Glory of the Snow small blue star flowers early spring
    Glory of the Snow
    Lots of action out in the garden – there are so many little green things I don’t know where to begin! A big part of me just wishes I had a truckload of mulch and half a brain cell to remember all of the appropriate names for everything I’ve planted. heh!

    I will be digging up a huge section of my perennials over the next few weeks, putting them in containers so we can easily move them around in the future. I’ve decided I’d like a portable garden, so when the time comes and we’re ready to move, I’ll be adding “gorgeous garden not included” on the sale flyer. haha! Okay maybe not so drastic, but darnit I’ve invested a ton of time, energy, love and care into my yard – though I do kinda get starry eyed thinking about fresh dirt to do it all again.

    Verigated crocus blooms purple white flower early spring
    Variegated Crocus
    I wanted to share a couple of things – first, the gardening gloves that I absolutely love. I found these Ethel Gloves through Taba last summer and they are a gardening girl’s dream come true. They feel like second skin, and they make ya feel so fancy, if ever a girl could feel fancy while she was playing with shovels and dirt! Right now they have a birthday special, too! (I have not been paid for those links, I genuinely love them and think you should have a pair! Now go! But don’t forget to come back. And Ethel? If you should pop in, I’d love another pair. They’re kinda like high heel shoes to a gardener.)

    The other little bit of excitement is the arrival of my Jumbo Stargazer Lily bulbs!!! They’ve apparently sold out or something, but I jumped on that sale when I received the announcement via e-mail and now I’ve got 24 of them to sink into a portable container (’cause those? DEFINITELY staying with me!) those bulbs are gi-normous. I’ll get a pic of ’em in my hot little (sexy, gloved) hands when I get them in dirt.

    Other than that, I’m waiting for my tulips (I’ve got some Ice Pick tulips coming up but they’re pretty tiny at the moment), peonies, butterfly bush, delphinium and this year – I get to see some hollyhocks! (I hope!)

    Can you tell it’s sunny out today? And the birds are singing outside my studio windows? And that my gloves have been washed and are at the ready? And that perhaps, there’s an 100% chance of dirt and mulch in my immediate future?!


    Pam said,

    Lowe’s carries the Ethel gloves; one of my goals this weekend is getting over there for a pair. ;)

    I can’t wait for my lilies… but I only have one kind. :/

    Also like the idea of a portable garden; especially the tomatoes… if I can keep them moving fast enough, the bugs might not catch up. LOL!

    4.4.2009 @ 8:38 am
    Leanne said,

    I’m going to pick up some galvanized steel tubs (you can see them here) they have them at Lowe’s in the paint section and they’re really cheap compared to those fancy planters! Just poke some holes in the bottom to drain water and there you go. I think they’d be neat , filled and nestled into some mulch at an angle.

    4.4.2009 @ 8:48 am
    sharkbytes said,

    I just love Glory of the Snow. They used to cover our side yard in the spring when I was a child.

    4.4.2009 @ 10:12 am
    Renee said,

    I love all your purple!

    My crocus have already come up and went. :( and I never did move that one yellow iris by the front walkway…I know that dd & dh will be disappointed with me. oh well. maybe it will happen this year.

    4.4.2009 @ 10:20 am
    Kathy said,

    I have been in to the whole portable garden as well since our move this past year to a very dry, windy area with lots of jackrabbits and deer. I have an upper deck – so I’m looking at the hanging plants like tomatoes, peppers, etc and trying to figure out what I can do with other veggies as well.

    Your blog is so beautiful! I’m in the process of switching over to WordPress and reading books on how to make it my own

    4.4.2009 @ 10:54 am
    Paige said,

    Gloves that are high heel shoes for a gardener? Only they don’t hurt your hands like high heels hurt the feet. Those gloves will be the very next purchase I will make!!

    Azaleas and magnolias are blooming like crazy here. Even took the kids out for a walk last night to admire them all. I love this time of year. Life is good. :flower:

    4.4.2009 @ 11:28 am

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful spring flower photos. It is snowing here today…yet again. I think we’ve had more snow in the past month than we have the entire rest of winter combined! I miss my garden. :squirrel: The deer eat everything I plant here, even the stuff that they aren’t supposed to like. The only thing that has ever worked to keep them away is ground feathermeal…but OMG it smells like something died! If you ever pick up a bag of this stuff, be sure you’re hauling it in a pickup truck because if you put it in your car you will never make it home – or you’ll get stopped so the authorities can check out that horrific smell your vehicle is emanating!

    4.4.2009 @ 1:28 pm
    Deb said,

    Hi Leanne ~ Just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I am a subscriber so I get it delivered right to my e-mail. I don’t always have time to leave comments for all your wonderful entries, but I am an avid gardener and bird watcher….I had a lot more time for all that before, but with a little one it’s hard to keep up with everything. Anyway, I am able to live vicariously through your wonderful entries and photos, at least until my life is more of my own and I can get back to diggin’ in the dirt! One of my other passions is photography, so your blog is like heaven to me! I am so glad we re-connected after all these years…Thanks so much!! :thanku:

    4.7.2009 @ 8:56 am

    i’ve never heard of those gloves here, i do have a lowes here now, i’ll have to drop in and look for them. it’s still cold here, i have a few things coming up, but nothing close to bloom as yet. i’m actually looking forward to getting out into my garden this spring, it’s been a long and cold winter.

    4.7.2009 @ 11:00 am

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