A-to-Z Challenge, Daylily

D is for Daffodils

Day 4 – A-to-Z Challenge – A few of my favorite things

My absolute favorite perennial D flower are day lilies, of just about any variety. I had 28 varieties in my former home’s garden, and honestly, the only thing I miss from that house is them. I did try to salvage a few, but I’m most likely going to have to start a fresh collection here at the new place.

In the meantime, my favorite bulb flower would have to be daffodils. Charming, cheerful, and simply the best introduction to spring! Deer won’t touch them, so they will survive if they happen to live nearby. So dependable. Here is my very first bloom in my new yard this year.

“Ice King” daffodil

I thought I wanted to “naturalize” them in the front yard, but I’m not sure that was such a great idea. As wonderful as they look coming up in the lawn, they will be a challenge when we have to cut the grass here shortly.

You really want to let the greens die back, at least until they turn yellow, as the greens will nourish the bulbs for next year’s blooms. I’m probably going to transplant them after this season.

flowers, garden

April Flowers – Finally!

I’ve been waiting so patiently for the flowers to arrive.  I’ve watched many other garden blogs sharing their blooms for months now, and I have been so envious.

Here in Pittsburgh, we’ve endured yet another harsh winter, and I keep telling myself that it all really helps us appreciate Spring – when it finally gets here!

April Flowers

Fun story about the violas this year.  I planted the Chair display with violas last year, and just let them bloom almost all summer.  I hadn’t realized that as they went to seed, the wind distributed and planted an entire garden of violas beside the Chair!

I’ve been busy transplanting these volunteers, and have 3 planters full already!  They were the first little plants to bloom, right through the snow!

I’ve discovered a new meme hosted by Judith over at Lavender Cottage – Mosaic Monday!   It’s a fun way to chronicle the garden here at G4T. There’s a few other gardens on display, among other interesting collages.  Be sure to check them out!

Blooming Months

Bloom Day – April 19, 2014

It’s been a while since I had anything in the yard worth mentioning on Bloomsday, but it does appear that Winter has gasped his last breath and it may be time for  . . .  wait for it  . . . Spring!!

Nothing says Spring like . . .
Nothing says Spring like . . .

I took B out to Hazuza’s Greenhouse on Sunday to help me pick out the pansies for the containers.  It was such a beautiful day, I left them out on the deck to acclimate.  Tuesday morning, I phoned the hub from the office in a panic, as I had forgotten to move them closer to the house for warmth.  It was SNOWING.  He moved them in, and my check on them yesterday revealed they certainly did survive.  Pansies are very hardy and do prefer the cooler weather of Spring or Fall, but I was not so sure how the snow would treat them.

Pansies
Pansies

The pansies will be the showcase flower of the yard this Spring – we got enough to fill the hanging planters and pots on the deck, as well as the planter on the chair.

the chair
the chair

The lungwort (Plumoneria) looks spectacular this year.

Lungwort
Lungwort

She heralds in Spring, and those speckled leaves will add an interesting touch even after her multi colored blooms have faded.  One of my favorite specimens in the Crabapple Shade garden.

I purchased a new daffodil for the garden – it’s a pink one.  B agrees it actually looks rather peachy!

Blooms@g4t 4.19.2014
Peachy Daffodils

Be sure to check out what else is blooming this month on Bloomsday.