How to Create a Lovely Spring Garden
Spring can literally spring us back to life!
Would you love to have a yard that sings to you and springs you back to life?
As we spring forth from our slumber,
and leave winter's wonder,
We gather kisses of the sun,
and on heavenly scents we sail along ~
Just taking a walk, enjoying the rebirth of the earth, the lovely songs of birds, the twinkle of fireflies, the taste and smell of something sweet, and the downy softness of a lamb's ear completes a renewing of each of our senses.
All pictures and writing by Bev Lemley ~ all rights reserved.
There is something fascinating in a spring garden, everywhere you look!
Where to start?
Some things are set to spring, either a bulb with practically instant beauty, seeds that will nurture you as much as you nurture them, compost or mulch to start healthy links, a hammock to enjoy the beauty and to sneak in a nap, a bench for guests to enjoy your garden, and a bird bath or two. Feeders are optional!
Setting the Stage - Key Elements
Let's get started creating a spring garden that you will enjoy for years to come.
A garden can add richness to your life, be educational for your children, help sustain you nutritionally, create a healthier world, and will certainly add to the value of your home.
Here are key elements that will make your spring garden ahh-some!
- Create Healthy Links
- Habitat Friendly
- Relax and Enjoy!
The springing of spring should mean you have lots of fresh greens, yellows, bright reds, and a dash of purples. And any other color in between!
The thing about spring and flowers is after being pent up for months, with virtually little or no color in our world, anything and everything looks great. And the yellows in groupings just sing spring and makes our hearts go zing! The bright tulips of red against yellows just announce a spring fling around the corner! And add a dash of purple clematis climbing around, peeking out and beckoning for us to look at their amazing beauty, up above the rest of the color just simply makes a total knock out spring. Spring, bring it on!
A Beautiful Spring Garden ~
Ahh, adding sound to your spring garden ~
After the drone of TVs and such during the winter, what better sounds than birds singing, crickets chirping, tree frogs being happy, and the occasional cicada leading the whole orchestra?!
An added waterfall, either an installed flowing fountain or trickling bird bath, in your spring garden will ultimately relax and bring serenity and peacefulness like nothing else can.
Ah, the sounds in a garden are like hearing the angels sighing and enjoying your little piece of paradise.
The Sounds of a Spring Garden - Listen to birds singing, waterfalls and beautiful pictures ~ so peaceful!
Ummm, what is the sweet fragrance that just has you enjoying the moment right where you are? It's amazing not only colors of spring can enchant us, but the scents of spring just put us back on our feet and ready to soak in the freshness of the season.
Scents of spring flowers, flowering trees, roses and even vines tie in the colors and sounds of spring.
With all the excitement of spring, what is there to eat?!
Fruits, veggies, strawberries, blackberries, ...
Spring satisfies and edifies!
Create Healthy Links
Bring on the compost! You didn't think you could have a spring garden without a little extra work, surely!
I can think of one thing besides all the gorgeous flowers that will really tune up your garden and make it ready for all year long work and play ~ compost or mulch!
Add some healthy compost to your garden, or mulch with aged bark or pine needles, and you will start to add the healthy stuff that will bring on the critters. That's right, Critters! Healthy food links is the start of a healthy eco system, environment, chemical free, where your family will enjoy healthier living for you and for your neighbors. Visit Insects are Really Cool! to learn more about this concept.
My garden is proof that you do not need chemicals at all! I have 100 percent healthy links, that is, something keeps something else in control, the population for bad bugs, even ticks is down (thanks to my birds), and aphids (thanks praying mantis and lady bugs!) ~ in short, I never spray pesticides. I don't spray herbicides, either!
I dare say that if you love to garden, you are as concerned about the environment as I am. Check out Insects in the Garden to read even more about my very happy nature's self-sustainability.
I just love being out in my garden and knowing it's 100 percent chemical free ~ so do my honeybees, butterflies, grasshoppers, writing spiders, blue birds, brown-headed nuthatches, woodpeckers, chick-a-dees, aphids, praying mantis, lady bugs, hummingbird moths, bumblebees, fireflies, crickets, June bugs, yes, even japanese beetles have a place, for a short while.
Another thing you can do is add a few medium sized rocks around in your landscaping. This is another way some critters get a foothold. Just be careful when moving rocks, that you look for spiders. Even nonpoisonous ones may be taken by surprise. I've never been bitten, but you should always watch out. A sad truth is black widow spiders reside under rocks too and underneath landscaping timbers. So be careful when picking them up ~ always wear gloves or move cautiously!
Making Compost - Step by Step
Along with a healthy eco system for the bugs, naturally comes a pretty good habitat for the larger critters, mainly the birds. I try to slack off feeding them in the summer, though I do provide fresh water every day. If you run out of food, they will certainly appreciate the water. And with the water comes the flowering shrubs and trees, vines, flowers, and perennials that will be coming along in summer. And if you have any fruit trees or berry bushes, well, you better work out an arrangement with the birds or just give in. I have cherry trees that the birds enjoy. But that's okay ~ it's nature taking care of nature. Also, the seeds that come along will be great food, and perhaps future plants ~ ones you didn't even have to plant yourself!
Relax and Enjoy!
Now, the real fruits of your labor is being able to put up a hammock and enjoy your garden, complete with color, sights, scents, edibles, and very happy critters. If you don't have a hammock, a rock seat, garden bench, or something to give you a break for a minute, will be a few minutes of heaven on earth. Don't deprive yourself a few moments of just soaking it all in, this beauty surrounding, abounding, nourishing, and enriching your life.
Ahh, Spring is just Awe-some!
A garden can be educational, nurturing, improve our environment, add value to your home and richness to your life.
Ahh, a lovely walk in a Wisconsin Spring Garden - Birds, flowers, sun ~ Awesome!
What's your favorite thing about spring?
Set the Stage!
Set the stage with color, sounds, scents, create healthy links, grow edibles, keep things habitat friendly, relax and enjoy!
What to plant?!
Flowering trees and shrubs, trees and shrubs for habitats, bulbs and flowers for color and scents, vines for above eye level color and interest, berries and fruits for food (you and the critters)
Let's Get Started! - What to Plant?!
Below are categories of plantings for a great spring retreat:
- Flowering Trees
- Flowering Shrubs
- Vines for show
- Bulbs and Flowers
- Food and Shelter for Birds
- Sweet Scents of Spring
- Berries and Fruit
Some of my favorites in my yard are the Dogwood, Redbud, Crabapple, Mimosa, Poplar, Magnolia. Others that will add a lot of great interest are the Witch hazel, viburnum, spice bush (Sweet Betsy).
Some that aren't really tall as trees, but bigger than bushes that are favorites in spring are gardenia and camelia, and the snowball bush.
Ahh, the azalea in pink, white, red, coral, purple and white, solid purple are just right to get spring started! Other flowering shrubs are Edward Goucher Abelia, rhododendren, snowball bush, and even some butterfly bushes.
Vines for Interest
Flowering vines and even a climbing fern in springtime adds interest in a new deminsion ~ up and away taking the eye to new heights. Sweet pea, Clematis, honeysuckle cultivars, climbing roses, Carolina Jasmine ~ there's even a double Carolina Jasmine ~ passion vine, trumpet vine, bignonia or cross vine, akebia, wisteria, climbing aster, climbing hydrangia, and even a climbing fern ~ yes!
Bulbs and Flowers for Color
Of course, what would a spring garden be without flowers, flowers, and more flowers!
You are only limited by your excitement here ~ jump in, shop with printed catelogs, browse websites, garden shops, fundraisers, church sales, yard sales, exchange with friends and neighbors, grow from seed in the last weeks of winter ~ find bulbs in the fall to keep you dreaming all winter about how gorgeous things will be when they start popping up!
Some favorite spring flowers are the columbine, phlox, oenothera (evening primrose), wood betony, shamrock, pinkwood sorrel, coral bells (heuchera), carnation (dianthus), bletilla striata.
A wonderful source for the pinkwood sorrel, one of the hardiest and earliest bloomers, is Plant's Delight Nursery. In fact, once you check out Tony Avent's famous garden web catalog, you will be busy for days! Tony is famous for his collection of plants from around the world,and his gardens are so enchanting. He is quite the inspiration! Several cultivars of Bletilla striata, an absolutely gorgeous orchid can be found at Tony's, as well ~ trust me, you'll have fun at Tony's website, from the first page. Tell him a local friend sent you. He won't know me, but he'll appreciate it!
Favorite bulbs, the daffodil, tulips, crocus, asiatic lilies, iris, grape hycanth, blue bells, bletilla (Chinese ground orchid).
Lovely Flowers, Lovely Colors - Equal a Beautiful Spring Garden!
Food and Shelter for Habitats
Allowing spring flowering wildflowers in your yard provides food for the critters that support healthy food chains. In a few weeks, the flowers will be gone and simply mowing will keep them in check. Providing nectar will invite all critters with wings and all kinds of cute things, like this baby hummingbird moth, which is probably about half an inch long at this point.
Wood betony is an herb, a great little plant, that the bees and early butterflies and other pollen seeking insects. This is one to look for; mine is purple.
A source for Wood Betony is The Grower's Exchange. In fact, they have many herbs to tempt you as you create your spring garden ~ may as well make it a summer garden as well!
I fully support any flying critters ~ especially at this time of year, when healthy links are getting started. I never use herbicides or pesticides, and I am very happy with my healthy habitat! Trust me, you will too ~ just something to feel good about.
A Very Healthy Habitat - For Butterflies and Bees
Sweet Scents of Spring
Flowering perfume ~ spring fling with a sweet zing! Bluebells, hyacinth, some daffodil, some tulips, gardenia, camelia, lilac, magnolia.
Better Homes and Gardens List of Fragrant Spring Bulbs offers a great list of varieties of hyacinth, tulips, and daffodils and the pictures to help you plan the perfect colors for your garden that also flaunt a sweet side!
Berries and Fruit for You and the Birds
Try blackberries, raspberries, cherries, black cherry, chokeberry, strawberries ~ and other fruit trees or berries that will grow well in your climate zone ~ try to grow them and save some for yourself, that is!
Planting Fruit Trees - Excellent Instructions for Fruit Tree Planting from Raintree Nursery
Visit Raintree Nursery a source for everything edible and then some! Every fruit tree and berry imaginable, plus some unusual ones, vines, ornamentals, roots, shoots, mushrooms, herbs, and even nut trees and ~ well, just take a look and enjoy ~ Yummm!
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!
A spring garden is always growing, and that's part of the fun ~ add to it, enjoy, relax in the sun, and feel blessed for this bit of heaven on earth!
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