Anticipating Our Spring Garden and a Look Back

I'm waiting to work on my gardens and for inspiration decided to look back in my garden photos.

I love irises and have several kinds. I discovered I have taken very few garden photos, though I have some that aren't in digital format. I have a bad habit of waiting until things 'look better' or 'are just right'. This year I am going to try hard to take lots more photos. Perfect or not.

The corner above needs some weeding, but the plant in the back is Solomon's Seal, a perennial that you can almost see grow. It seems to grow inches each day.

Our front porch a little later in the year. Lots of shade here so I used pots full of white impatiens.

Later in the summer, I love the pop of colour and dependability of Rudbeckia, Black Eyed Susans. Also, a peek of coneflower.

I have planted several hydrangeas and this one finally grew well last year. We had a problem the year before (all our neighbours did) with rabbits. Population explosion and we would see them day and night in our yards, sideyards, nesting under decks. They ate anything they could get, right down to the bark in many cases. I lost one of my holly bushes and the male wasn't doing too well last year. I'll have to see what happens this year.

The backyard garden wraps the fence line on three sides. We don't have a big yard, but the gardens really help to make it feel larger. I use a lot of perennials and love that there are different things blooming at different times. {Having trouble lately getting photos to center}


I came across this picture from 2007 of our oldest son. He loves working outdoors and was so eager to 'weed' the garden that year. I lost most of my hostas, and many other plants weeds. But he sure had fun!

The weeds aren't the only thing that grow well around here. He was ten in these photos, turns 13 this week, and was 5'6" the last time we measured. Taller than his mom and he loves that. Oh, and he has learned to mostly tell the difference between weeds and plants. Thanks to his interest in 4H, farm animals and crops, he can usually identify most of the bugs too.

Our backyard has really changed in the eleven years since our home was built. The first summer it was a construction zone. The next year we got grass and built fences. Then it became a place for the kid's climber and slide. They outgrew that and now we have the new patio and enjoy it in a quieter way. Looking forward to lots of new growth, pots full of plants and relaxing in our yard.

These are the colours we are going with for the new seating, found here.

I'm linking this to Green Thumb Gardening at The Blessed Nest. Be sure to stop by Stacey's party!


  1. I love looking back at our yard pictures from past years and seeing all of the beautiful flowers and changes we've made. Your yard is so pretty and I love the wonderful variety of flowers you have. And happy early birthday to your son! You are so right that plants aren't the only things that grow like weeds, kids do too!

    Kat :)

  2. Your backgarden is lovely. I can't believe how simiar our houses are - mine is about 12 years old and has the exact same fence. I'm looking forward to your garden photos this spring/summer.

  3. I love that your son is into gardening!

  4. I can not wait to get into my garden! Yours is fantastic.

  5. Something about spring that makes you want to plant a bunch of flowers and herbs! Gorgeous pictures, thanks for sharing

  6. I would love for my hydrangeas to grow as large as yours. :) Mine look like they're coming back, so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed. You have a beautiful yard!! Visiting from Stacey's Green Thumb Gardening Party. :)

  7. Thanks so much for linking up! :) I love all of your pretty flowering plants! Hydrangea & irises are favorites of mine, too. I can relate to things taking time in the garden -- it really is a process, isn't it? Seems like I have to start from scratch each time I move! But it is nice to make things just how you want them and how it works best for your family. I also really like the colors you're going with for outside, that will look incredible! Thanks again & have a wonderful weekend!!

  8. Elizabeth...loving your colors for your outside!! So pretty! I love hydrangeas and am hoping that I will be able to plant some here and that they will grow...you might have to share your wisdom. :) I love gardening...and you have some very beautiful flowers! Enjoy!! Have a wonderful weekend!!


  9. *sigh* I don't have a green thumb, at all. Your garden is lovely and I can see why you are looking forward to it.

  10. Your garden is beautiful! I love gardening also. I'm trying out some vegetables this year that I haven't tried out before. So fun!

  11. Oh, your garden was beautiful. I can't wait for warmer weather. Thanks for coming by for a visit.

  12. You have a beautiful garden Elizabeth. J planted lots of irises,last year. I don't think they will bloom this first year. Hope they do anyway. These are from his Aunt Ruth's gardens.

    I love the colors for your outdoor room!

  13. Love your photos and the idea for the curtains, I think that was very creative. I am always looking for a cheap way to make something instead of paying high dollar for it. Thank for stopping by my blog. I like to refinish furniture so if you have any questions or ideas then come on over to my place and sit a spell.


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