Tuesday, May 1, 2012

mid-spring garden walk

The first of May and tulips are in full bloom. 

The phlox thrives in a sunny spot.
Tulips at the base of a birch tree--I like little clumps of bulbs blooming around the yard.
Apple tree in full bloom--will we get more than a handful of apples this year?  So far this tree has been all talk and no action...
Lilacs!  Inhale.  Inhale again.  And again.
Crabapple trees are in full bloom, too.  We have pale pink, deep pink and nearly burgundy blossoms in the front yard.
I finally put up my bottle tree--it's the refined version of a beer can pyramid, isn't it?
Those pale pink crabapple blossoms--they smell as delicate as their color.
And these are in full bloom beside the front porch.   


24 comments:

  1. LOVE the blooms! So lovely!

    Apple trees require some winter pruning to get good fruit....

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  2. That bottle tree is fabulously redneck.

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  3. Love the hammock!! Every home needs at least one, or two.

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  4. I am always So jealous of your gardens!!! I'm glad that you evened out the whole place with a bottle tree...it really brings something to it lol! My personal fav at the local flea markets are the bottle dragon flies (nothing says class like a bejeweled wire-y aluminum bottle of bud!).

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  5. Wow! Spring has really sprung! Love the bottle tree.

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  6. Oh lovely lovely lovely! I like little clumps of flowers blooming as well. Drives my husband nuts. (Because they are a pain to mow around.)

    We've also started talking about getting a bottle tree for the yard. It's supposed to ward away bad spirits, isn't it? I'll have to go on a pretty bottle drinking kick if I do get one.

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  7. Your garden is lovely. I've got some irises about to bloom. Other than that, it's just beds of soil waiting for seedlings to sprout. Boring.

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  8. There were plenty of bottle trees in yards around my college town--they seemed to grow very well at that party school! (I'm sure it was the art and horticulture majors.)

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  9. How beautiful!! You must be smiling every minute over there :)

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  10. There is not a single bud in my lilac tree this year! We pruned a few branches in the summer (a little late). Are they really that sensitive to out of season pruning? My crab apple is looking lovely, though, with deep purple blossoms.

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  11. Beautiful blossoms :-) My tulips are gone, and my apple tree gave up the ghost after two freezing nights. I kind of don't mind about the apple tree, since the apples are tiny, dry, and tart (it was planted by the former owner)and now I won't have to mow over so many.

    The lilacs bloomed but turned brown after those cold nights, and something I'm really going to miss are the locust blossoms. Usually we have tons of trees with gorgeous white flowers (kind of like wisteria blooms) and the whole area smells heavenly. But they got taken out in the bud stage. I guess we're paying for our colorful March :-)

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  12. Your flowers are gorgous! I've been looking for a wine bottle tree.

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  13. Looks great!

    I want a bottle tree too, only with my collection of cobalt blue bottles.

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  14. Wow! So pretty! Great work, Melissa!

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  15. I love your clumps of tulips but then I'm Dutch so I can't help myself.

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  16. It looks so pretty!!! All my tulip petals fell off in the last week. I miss them already :( :(

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  17. The bottle tree reminds me of Because of Winn-Dixie, even though it's not the same kind of bottle tree. I love being able to walk to work and smell lilacs all over the neighborhood!

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  18. I will have to visit you in spring some day.

    I thought of Because of Winn-Dixie, too! Love that book.

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  19. Love the color! I have tulips that have only bloomed once in the four years. Our iffy early spring weather is not conducive to fabulous tulips. I LOVE lilacs! It was brought to my attention, by my son, that every time I plant a lilace bush we move before it has a chance to really bloom. There is some merit in that statement so I haven't planted one here yet.

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  20. Lovely! I'm jealous of your beautiful garden. I have no talent for gardening.

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  21. Beautiful! You definitely have more blooming than we do so far. :)

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  22. Oh I just LOVE lilacs! We can't grow them here, but I keep waiting for the local florist to get them in. Any day now I think!

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