Sunday, April 26, 2009

Green Thumb Sunday - It's Spring!!

It's not my thumb that's Green.
Spring's growth is called "New Life Green"
(especially after a seemingly long Winter).

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It's those Spring Beauties in the lawn!

A variety of grape hyacinth - muscari
(are these the 'azureum? I'm not sure...)

muscari 'valerie finnis'

and pink grape hyacinth

Leucojum vernum
'Spring snowflake'
Today's early view of the front beds

Dicentra spectabilis 'Bleeding Heart'

and a view behind the driveway.
Nothing 'Shady' here.
(Just me!) ha. :-)


Lisa at Greenbow said...

You have so many different muscari. I just love em. I only have an old variety that I have had for many years. It is purple, that is all I can tell you about it. Your garden is awakening in the most beautiful colors.

joey said...

Great post! Love your header (enjoy my post) ... Shady gardeners (with a fun sense of humor) must stick together :)

troutbirder said...

So neat mulch and all. I firmly resolve to stick with my intention to stick with an authentic looking wild and woodsy shady garden. Of looking at it another way... I firmly resolve to be totally lazy, devote my time to fishing, and hope that with firm patience on my part all the weeds in my garden will be overcome by the native wildflowers. (fat chance of that happening)

Gail said...

Shady, Hello! it's lovely spring in your favorite shot is the view of your front beds...I can see what a lovely garden you've created! Love the Spring Snowflakes...I have the Summer and they have already bloomed and faded away! gail

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Lisa, Normally those regular muscari would be enough for me... but you know how it is during a Winter's perusal over the gardening catalogs?? ;-)

Hi Joey! Right on! :-)

Troutbirder. I've raked several times this Spring. The last few days were windy... and I'm back to where I need to rake again. I'll not be as diligent this time, but you should SEE the pile of leaves in the ravine!
I love the idea of wildflowers taking over enough that the weeds don't have a chance! :-)

Gail, I've admired the collections over at An Iowa Garden by Iowa Boy. Last year was the first time the Snowflakes bloomed. And IA Boy had to tell me what they were! ha.

Believe it or not, I don't even remember planting those snowflakes! ha. Reason I can say that? I planted two miniature roses on top of them!! (I should be digging the whole kit'nkaboodle up and replanting them all!)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Love everything, but especially the spring beauties!

Shady Gardener said...

Monica, They get quite dense. It's a good thing we don't have a great stand of grass! ;-)

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

So many pretty blooms! I love all your 'Snowflakes'. I'm going to plant lots more of those this year. You definitely have a green thumb!

Rosemary said...

Spring green is such a beautiful colour. Your garden fantastic.

Nutty Gnome said...

Great photos and great plants Shady!

I love muscari, but was/am a little confused by the magical appearance of a couple of clusters of pink ones this year - nothing to do with me, but very pretty!

Shady Gardener said...

Catherine, Thanks. They are So pretty, aren't they? Mine need dividing, so I think I'll be spreading them around. :-)

Rosemary, Thank you.

Nutty Gnome, It's so much fun to watch things "magically" appear and grow, isn't it? Perhaps some of your bulbs were mixed? I planted my pink ones on purpose. I think I have enough grape hyacinth variety, now. ha.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I LOVE the Spring Beauties in the lawn. I think that's the best way to grow them. Your Muscari look so much better than mine. I just can't get enthused about them because the foliage looks so ratty at bloom time. Do you have any secrets to good foliage on them?

Shady Gardener said...

MMD, No... no secrets. I have a few that are only one year old that aren't doing very well. I'm planning to move them. I really love the clumps that some are making, though!

Anonymous said...

I had no idea there were so many varieties of muscari. The range of colors you have is amazing.

Shady Gardener said...

Chad and Brandi, They're in the catalogs and I just couldn't help myself. I hope the new varieties spread and clump like the "old fashiioned" ones! :-)

Sylvana said...

I love your gardens!
I am also one to try out the new stuff I find in catalogs. Lots of times I get some really nice additions.

Shady Gardener said...

Sylvana, Thank you for your visit! I know what you mean about trying a new plant here and there. Hopefully they work... sometimes they don't! But that's part of the learning experience, isn't it? :-)

catmint said...

Gorgeous grape hyacinths.