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May 7, 2013

Springtime, Lovely Springtime!

I love this time of year. This part of the world is coming alive with green grass and leaves and the bloomers of spring. We’ve had a string of 17 days in a row with no rain, and while I know we need the rain (coming soon according to the local forecast), I’ve even thoroughly been enjoying my rides to work in the morning: the sunshine at that time of day is gentle and beautiful and lights the flowering trees and greening lawns in a way that makes me remember to breathe deep and appreciate the moment.

When I walk out to my car, the air is perfumed with these:
Lilacs – mmmmm, is there a better spring time smell? And I’m going to have an abundant amount of blooms this year. The tops of my trees all look like this:
abundant lilac
They haven’t quite opened yet, that’s why the dark color, but they are beginning.

During all this lovely weather, I’ve been outside when time allows (mostly weekends) working on my yard. I did a lot of cleaning up and pruning during the April break from school. In addition to all the usual work, I made a decision to rip out a perennial bed that had not been looking overly healthy for the past few years:
periennial bed -before
I kept only what remains of my bearded irises, – they are yet to bloom this year and I don’t know how many blooms I will get – the bleeding heart
bleeding heart and my “crazy poppy”- click here for the story of that moniker.

On Saturday morning, I made a visit to my favorite local garden center, 16 Acres Gardens. (They are called that because they are in a part of Springfield known as “16 Acres” not because there are 16 acres of gardens)
garden center 1

garden center 2

It is still just a little too early around here for planting tender annuals and vegetables (unless you’re a bit of a daredevil and willing to watch the weather each night for frost warnings!) but I was more than ready to go spend the generous gift card I received from my dad for my birthday to replant that perennial bed. I came home with 9 new perennials of varying sizes and heights ranging in colors from pinks to purple to purplish-blue and planted them that afternoon:
perrenial bed - after
(I’m rather proud of myself for installing that new border around the bed too, even if it is a less than perfect circle!)

My latest-to-bloom-in-the-neighborhood daffodils are in full bloom now:



as well as the giant rhodo-azalea:
full bloom rhodo-azaleas

I’ve seen two butterflies in the past few days – can the hummingbirds be far behind? I’m excited to hang up two new, unique hummingbird feeders I received for my birthday – I haven’t taken pictures of those yet but I’m sure I will do that soon.

I finally cleaned the vegetable garden patch of last year’s debris and removed the decrepit fence surrounding it. Next outdoor projects: put up a new fence and mulch my perennial bed. I’m also trying to grow some new grass in an area the dogs have ruined. There’s so much going on in the yard! But I do love this time of year!


  1. I want to stuff my face into those lilacs and take a deeeeep sniff. Our lilacs aren’t out yet here.
    Great job on the garden.

    Comment by sybil — May 7, 2013 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

    • I do just that each time I go out to my car, since they line my driveway!
      Thanks Sybil.

      Comment by Karma — May 11, 2013 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  2. Such lovely springtime pictures. I love your garden. There seem to be so much life full of colors. We have a terrible summer here. Everybody is complaining about the heat. Sun is too harsh.
    Back home in Goa, we also have beautiful garden and lovely colors. It feels fresh and rewarding when you see the flowers bloom so well. Many Thanks.. 🙂

    Comment by sonali — May 7, 2013 @ 11:20 pm | Reply

    • Spring is full of lovely color in this area. Summer will bring new colors.
      Thanks Sonali.

      Comment by Karma — May 11, 2013 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  3. Nothing better than the smell of lilac. Mine are budded but not opening yet. We’ve had a couple of days of rain so I suspect by Saturday I’ll have a jungle to mow. As for your imperfect circle, it’s much more interesting when it’s casual.

    Comment by Carol — May 8, 2013 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

    • The air is so sweet with their perfume – it is a shame lilacs only last a week or two.
      I agree on the lack of perfection 🙂

      Comment by Karma — May 11, 2013 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  4. Your lilac pictures could’ve been taken in my very side yard! I have (9) lilac trees at various stages of blooms right now, and varying colors from light purple, dark purple, white and PINK! They are planted in a horseshoe shape, so I can go and stand in the middle of them and lose myself in the fragrance ~ which I did yesterday after coming home from being away for four days. The “horseshoe” is located right outside my kitchen window, and planned so the breeze will carry the scent through the entire house each Spring. Guess I better do my own post on this!
    Beautiful post, Karma.

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — May 8, 2013 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tamara. I take a deep breath every time I’m near a lilac.

      Comment by Karma — May 11, 2013 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  5. Karma, I sure enjoyed looking at your flower pictures. Have had a weird blog-reading afternoon because I swear I SMELLED the flowers through the computer. Seriously. Have you ever had that happen, where the scent of wisteria or apple blossoms came through so strongly even though you were only looking at pictures?

    Comment by Kathy — May 11, 2013 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

    • Plenty of times I have wished for an application of some sort that would allow the addition of scent to certain blog posts! The lilacs here are wild and overflowing and beautiful – and I wish I really could share their heady perfume with you.
      Thanks Kathy – have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

      Comment by Karma — May 12, 2013 @ 7:47 am | Reply

  6. I agree with you about the scent of lilac. Best spring scent there is. Your daffodils are beautiful, and it looks like your new flower bed will be as well. Happy Spring, Karma! On a personal note, it’s almost feels odd to see spring blooms as it’s practically summer here in Maryland. The roses and irises are blooming, and I expect the peonies to pop open any day now. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — May 14, 2013 @ 8:26 am | Reply

    • Irises and peonies! My next favorites in the parade of blooms after the lilacs! Roses are still far off around here, but there are peony buds for sure – amazing how the ants manage to find those buds right away, isn’t it?
      I have high hopes for the new plantings in the perennial bed.
      Thank you Robin.

      Comment by Karma — May 14, 2013 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  7. I don’t just like this post, I love it! I can feel how much you enjoy gardening, watching the new flowers blooming and visiting your local garden centre too, just as much as I do. Must be a Taurus thing…hehe! I’m looking forward to seeing how your new perennial garden bed looks in a few weeks time too. 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — May 16, 2013 @ 2:11 am | Reply

    • Thanks so much Joanne! I will definitely keep tabs on the perennial bed. I’ve mulched it since I last took pictures and it seems to be doing well so far.

      Comment by Karma — May 19, 2013 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

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