Archive for May, 2011

Stop and Smell the…

Hmm… my roses haven’t yet started to bloom so I can’t stop and smell them yet. But here are some flowers (and flowering trees) that have been blooming recently in my garden. And, yes, I have stopped and smelled the blossoms. Although I have to admit that except for the apple blossoms the others don’t seem too fragrant. They are pretty nonetheless.

And, yes, I’ll need my readers’ help with the names of some of these flowers again. I have a feeling reader input is going to be needed throughout the spring and summer. As always, click on the picture to get a closer view.

First, we’ll start with my front yard…

Apple tree

The crab apple tree on the southern side of our yard. Evergreen ground cover of some sort underneath. Unfortunately the grass has taken over and is impossible to remove without digging up the ground cover. I've just taken to clipping the grass to keep it looking at least halfways decent. This picture was taken before I clipped.


Allium growing beside the apple tree.


A close-up of the allium blossoms.


My sickly azalia has blooms nonetheless. I had another azalia a few feet to the north that died. I'll have to replace that one sometime. Hopefully I can save this one. Maybe it just needs fertilizer?

Azalia blooms. Newly planted Everbearing strawberry plant in the background left. The strawberry plant seems to be thriving.

June Bearing Strawberry

The recently planted June Bearing Strawberry plant (not the one seen in the picture above). I can't believe it has a blossom already. We may actually get a strawberry this year. The last time I planted strawberries, at my previous residence, it took a year before I saw a blossom.

Tree and dog stake

A very scrawny looking tree. Don't know what kind it is, but I do know that it has purple flowers in the late summer/early autumn. The dog ornament I bought at the East Lansing art fair a few years back.


Forget-me-nots. (Thanks Amy for the identification.) The flowers were actually bright blue, not green as they show up here. I say "were" because my husband mowed over them this weekend. Glad I captured them digitally before that happened!

Apple Tree

Those forget-me-nots were growing under this apple tree, on the northern side of our yard.

Now the side garden…

Hosta with cat ornament

A hosta. One of many in the side and backyard gardens. The little cat garden ornament I bought this weekend at the East Lansing art fair.

By garage

The garden by the garage. The white flowers are bleeding heart. I think the purple flowers closest to you are violets. The other purple flowers are columbine.




A close-up of the columbine.


Here's a closer look yet. Gorgeous!

Bleeding Heart

A larger bleeding heart.

And, finally, the backyard….


Another one of those unknown plants. Sorry for the blurriness.


Dame's Rocket.


Another unknown.


Sweet woodruff.


Close-up of sweet woodruff.

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April Showers…

…bring May flowers, of course.

The yard of the house my husband and I recently moved into is professionally landscaped. Unfortunately, it did not come with a professional landscaper. So, this spring I’ve been trying to identify the various plants that dot the landscape. Some are easy to identify. Other’s not so much. Perhaps some of my readers out there can help. Here’s a little walk-through of some of the plants that are currently flowering in our garden. (Click on the photo, to see a bigger picture.)

[Update 5/11/2011: Thanks to Martha Smith, Brigitte Darnay, and Monique Magee for helping me identify all of the unknowns!]


Grape hyacynth.

Rhododendron in bloom.

Daffodils and Muscari

Daffodils and Muscari near our lamp post


Johnny Jump-ups, aka wild pansies. We have a few clumps of these growing in our lawn and another larger clump actually growing in the garden.






Ferns on the south side of the house.


Vinca. That ivy is everywhere there's an evergreen in the neighborhood.


More ivy and more vinca, but of a different color.

Squirrel on birdfeeder.

Squirrel trying to figure out the squirrel-proof birdfeeder. Yes, he (or she) did figure it out. The birds, other than the sparrows and goldfinches however, still haven't figured out how to get the seeds.


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