Today, I would like to take you on a walk around my yard! So many shoots are poking their little heads out of the ground and there are many beautiful plants already growing and blooming around North Georgia in the early Spring. Walk around me and let’s see all the hidden treasures…no shoes required!
Let’s begin with this beautiful batch of Spiderwart. The narrow spiky leaves add something special year-round but their purple flowers arrive in late March and stay throughout the summer. My neighbor, Cindy, gave me these many years ago and they have multiplied each year. If the blooms die out during the season, simply cut them back and they will make more blooms for you to enjoy!
Standing at the Spiderwart and looking back, you can see a Summer Snowball Viburnum growing beside the potting shed. This bush was actually a mis-step by me and I didn’t realize what I was buying. I bought and planted this shrub thinking that I had a traditional snowball bush. Most of the snowball’s I am familiar with are compact and round. This bush grew taller and wider than I had expected–not to mention the blooms look more like a lacecap hydrangea than a snowball. I swear, the photo on the tag when I bought this was a snowball bush. Anyhoo…it is what it is and it is pretty.
The back of the potting shed has wild honeysuckle bushes blooming around it. The screened doors were found at various sales and I just hung them here. I had calla lillies in front of the doors but none are coming up yet. I am afraid they aren’t coming back. I sometimes have that effect on plants.
Here’s another view of the doors with the Summer Snowball Viburnum peaking through…
Also beside the potting shed are two very large fig bushes. These are just beginning to have fruit.
We rarely get any of the figs off of these bushes because the deer steal them as fast as they ripen! Many of the fruit will have bites taken out of them still on the bush.
Walking back toward my house from the backyard, there’s a blooming pink Redbud tree. I really love Redbuds because of both their lovely Spring blooms and their heart-shaped leaves that will come out once the blooms fade. Redbuds reseed easily so if you get one, expect little sprouts to begin appearing.
Across from this area is another outbuilding. We call it the maid’s quarters because the original owner, Dr. Scoggins, used this small cabin as housing for his maid. I am embarrassed to say that it’s full of stuff at the present time….one room is filled with outdoor Christmas decorations. I’d love to restore this old house but just haven’t taken the time.
Here’s a view of the exterior of the maid’s quarters. This little corner is full of many of my favorite plants. There is a hydrangea that my mom dug up and brought from her house. Beside the hydrangea is a patch of purple iris. The trellis was ordered a few years ago from Lowe’s and has a Carolina Jasmine trailing up it. Mary and I bought this Carolina Jasmine the day she finished her junior year of high school. The fragrant little white blooms should be out soon!
Close to the house is the creme-de-la-creme of my plants…a Bear’s Breeches. The leaves sprout out from a central base and flow out like a bouquet. It looks tropical to me and would look pretty around a pool. Soon, one or more cone-shaped blooms will shoot out near the center with white flowers. I hope to share it in full bloom so you can see it in all it’s glory.
On a table beside the Bear’s Breeches are a few trays with freshly planted seeds. I’ll report back to you if these make it. I am usually good with shrubs and fair to good with flowers but bad to bad with garden vegetables. We’ll see…..wish them luck!
Across my driveway from the Bear’s Britches sits a black bench with a row of Oakleaf Hydrangeas. These will begin blooming in mid-May and stay around most of the summer. The white grape-shaped blooms fill the bushes and are just magnificent! We planted these about ten years ago and they have filled in the area between our yard and our neighbor’s.
A potted Varigated Wandering Jew sits beside the bench.
In the front yard beside the driveway sits this little pup-pup. He has a small basket in his mouth that holds this pink and green hypoestes. Isn’t he adorable?
In front of the carport is a cascade of Lady Banks Roses. This yellow flowering vine is a thornless rose that blooms March-April. The blooms are very delicate and give this great show of color for a short period of time before the petals begin to fall. Can you see the roses growing straight up into the tree above it?
Sitting under the Lady Banks is a few large pots with tomato plants and marigolds.
The last plant of our tour is this Pink Dianthus leading up to my front door. I love their bright pink color.
Well, that’s my walking tour! I hope you’re not too tired! Isn’t Spring just a lovely time to be outside? I have enjoyed more time lately to work in the yard and most of my early mornings have been spent pulling weeds. (I hope you appreciate the fact that I left out photos of the many weeds still in the yard on this walking tour!) Just sharing the high spots today.
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