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An Amateur's Garden Observations

Updated on August 30, 2017

New House, New Garden!

My husband and I recently bought our first house and moved in. Since it was just getting to be springtime when we closed on the house, we could see there were some flowers that the previous owners must have planted just starting to poke their way through the dirt (and debris, which I need to clean up).

My mom used to make us work in her vegetable garden, and I never liked it, but now that I have a place of my own, I really want to do some gardening. I'm undecided on just what I should do, so I think for this first year, I may just let it grow, and see what I have, before I start digging and changing things.

It's so exciting, now that the flowers are starting to bloom, so I thought I'd just give everyone a quick peek around our yard... starting with the first tulip to bloom. I'm so proud! :)

Walk with me! :)

All photos taken by author. Copyright 2013 by WhiteIsland88 - all rights reserved.

Some Items I Will Need to Buy...

Professional Rose Pruning Thornproof Gardening Gloves with Extra Long Forearm Protection for Women (TE195T) - Puncture Resistant, Medium (1 Pair)
Professional Rose Pruning Thornproof Gardening Gloves with Extra Long Forearm Protection for Women (TE195T) - Puncture Resistant, Medium (1 Pair)

I definitely need some rose gardening gloves, with the plethora of rose bushes I have around the house. I didn't know these existed until I read another lens about when to prune flowering shrubs. What a great invention! :)

 
G & F 11108 Classic Cut Forged Bypass Pruning Shears, Garden Pruner Shears 1.25" Cut
G & F 11108 Classic Cut Forged Bypass Pruning Shears, Garden Pruner Shears 1.25" Cut

For close-range pruning... the angled blade is ergonomic for wrist comfort

 
BackJoy Kneeler Seal Blue Colored, Knee Pain, Knee Support, For Gardening, Cleaning, Construction, Knee Support for Work
BackJoy Kneeler Seal Blue Colored, Knee Pain, Knee Support, For Gardening, Cleaning, Construction, Knee Support for Work

This looks very nice. I already have some back problems, so if this is ergonomic to reduce the strain, I think I would find it helpful.

 

Flowers or Vegetables?

If you have a garden, which do you plant?

Front Yard

Vinca Minor, Creeping Myrtle, Lesser Periwinkle?
Vinca Minor, Creeping Myrtle, Lesser Periwinkle?

I've seen these flowers many times, but since I didn't take an interest in flowers until now, I never knew what they're called. The flowers have five petals, and the leaves are rather long and thin.

From what I can find, I believe they are 'Vinca Minor.' According to FineGardening.com, it looks like they're commonly called creeping myrtle and lesser periwinkle, but neither of those names rings a bell in my mind.

Then we have this nice, tall tree with clusters of white, five-petaled flowers. Bradford pear, while it does add a nice flowery touch to the yard, could stand to smell a little lovelier.

I used to love going for walks in my parents' neighborhood to see the trees in spring. I especially love magnolia trees and another pinkish flowering tree that 'droops' -- I never could find out the name for that one, either.

One time, my sisters and I were walking through the subdivision by my parents', and they had these Bradford pear trees planted on the median at the sub entrance. I was being silly and ran over to "smell the f'owers"; I took a big whiff and gagged. It smells kind of like rotten egg or bad breath.

Here's a closer look at the flowers on the tree...

Here's a closer look at the flowers on the tree...
Here's a closer look at the flowers on the tree...

I think these are all roses, but I'm still waiting on the blooms... :)

I think these are all roses, but I'm still waiting on the blooms... :)
I think these are all roses, but I'm still waiting on the blooms... :)

I believe this is a Japanese Maple. I just saw one at Home Depot. :)

I believe this is a Japanese Maple.  I just saw one at Home Depot. :)
I believe this is a Japanese Maple. I just saw one at Home Depot. :)

Grape Hyacinth popping up in a couple places

Grape Hyacinth popping up in a couple places
Grape Hyacinth popping up in a couple places

More tulips after a couple days: pink and white!

More tulips after a couple days: pink and white!
More tulips after a couple days: pink and white!

Back Yard - Oh, wait... it gets better... ;)

Pond/fountain
Pond/fountain

Next to our little paving stone patio, we have a pond! (Possibly also a fountain, but I've yet to see where the fountain bubbles through.) It needs a little work, but it will look so pretty once it's cleaned up.

The trellis in the back looks a little unsteady, but it has a clematis vine (according to my brother-in-law) that is just starting to put on some green.

These are my favorite: I love the light edges on the leaves!

These are my favorite: I love the light edges on the leaves!
These are my favorite: I love the light edges on the leaves!

Pretty purple flowers

Pretty purple flowers
Pretty purple flowers

And another angle

And another angle
And another angle

I'm not sure what this is; they look like Maple leaves, but I don't know about the fuzzy stem.

I'm not sure what this is; they look like Maple leaves, but I don't know about the fuzzy stem.
I'm not sure what this is; they look like Maple leaves, but I don't know about the fuzzy stem.

Let's not forget Mr Turtle... Happily sunning himself by the pond :)

Let's not forget Mr Turtle... Happily sunning himself by the pond :)
Let's not forget Mr Turtle... Happily sunning himself by the pond :)

I love these, too... they look a little like tulips, but seem to open wider

I love these, too... they look a little like tulips, but seem to open wider
I love these, too... they look a little like tulips, but seem to open wider

Here they are a little more closed

Here they are a little more closed
Here they are a little more closed

At the back of the yard, another rose bush and some other greenery (not yet blooming?)

At the back of the yard, another rose bush and some other greenery (not yet blooming?)
At the back of the yard, another rose bush and some other greenery (not yet blooming?)

On the other side of the garage, some humble violets sprout by the driveway...

On the other side of the garage, some humble violets sprout by the driveway...
On the other side of the garage, some humble violets sprout by the driveway...

And up by the gate, there's another flower bed... nothing blooming yet here, either

And up by the gate, there's another flower bed... nothing blooming yet here, either
And up by the gate, there's another flower bed... nothing blooming yet here, either

No idea what these will be... I think I may have seen them before, but who knows?

No idea what these will be... I think I may have seen them before, but who knows?
No idea what these will be... I think I may have seen them before, but who knows?

Might these be some type of lily?

Might these be some type of lily?
Might these be some type of lily?

Thanks for stopping by!

That's all, for now, but I hope you enjoyed seeing my flowers and trees as much as I enjoyed showing them. :) Hopefully I will be able to update this as the season progresses.

Useful Gardening Pages

Here are a couple of pages I used to try to identify the plants in my yard.

Do you recognize any of my unidentified plants? Are you a gardener yourself? Share your thoughts and stories here!

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    • WhiteIsland profile imageAUTHOR

      WhiteIsland 

      4 years ago

      @tonyleather: Thank you! I'm glad to know that. I noticed there were only one or two that popped up in the whole garden, so I don't know if they were left over from a previous arrangement, or if they possibly spread from somewhere.

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      tonyleather 

      4 years ago

      The Hyacinths were actually grape hyacinths, which are not the same thing at all, but more a rockery plant as they never grow much beyond 12 to 16 cms!

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      goldenrulecomics 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      nicely done

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      ColettaTeske 

      5 years ago

      Have fun on your gardening journey. The plants that you may have seen before (2 photos up) ... those look like tiger lilies. Very nice lens!

    • WhiteIsland profile imageAUTHOR

      WhiteIsland 

      5 years ago

      @SheilaMilne: Thanks! :) I guess we have consensus on the Bradford pear (someone else mentioned it earlier). They are all over the subdivision!

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      SheilaMilne 

      5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I think your stinky tree may be Bradford pear, and your small plant with purple leaves may be heuchera. You'll have a lovely time discovering all there is.

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      LadyDuck 

      5 years ago

      A garden is a beautiful experience, I am sure you will enjoy taking care of it and you will be so proud of your blooming flowers. Congratulations on your lens.

    • WhiteIsland profile imageAUTHOR

      WhiteIsland 

      5 years ago

      @kmhrsn: It certainly does! Thanks for the input. :)

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      kmhrsn 

      5 years ago

      So exciting to have a place to enjoy and learn new things. The "some type of lily" is probably daylily. The one above it is probably a regular lily of some variety. Possible that the third picture from the bottom, the square clump part could be liriope. Your white flowering tree with the funky smell is Bradford pear (ornamental, no fruit). Hope this helps!

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      Robin S 

      5 years ago from USA

      Very pretty!

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