An Amateur's Garden Observations
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...
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! :)
I love this colorful assortment. Colors make everything more fun!
For close-range pruning... the angled blade is ergonomic for wrist comfort
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?
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...
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. :)
Grape Hyacinth popping up in a couple places
More tulips after a couple days: pink and white!
Back Yard - Oh, wait... it gets better... ;)
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!
Pretty purple flowers
And another angle
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 :)
I love these, too... they look a little like tulips, but seem to open wider
Here they are a little more closed
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...
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?
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.
- Trees -- identification guide -- Discover Life
I just found this site, and it is neat! You can put in any criteria you know about a tree and search for what it might be.
- Fine Gardening
Find practical information, tips, and resources from the editors at Fine Gardening on hundreds of topics about plants, plant care, gardening techniques and garden design.
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