Spring is really popping here with some flowers blooming in the garden. Poppy, Solomon's Seal, Spiderwort and Allium are all I have blooming at the moment but everything is growing well.
This garden faces south and gets a lot of sun so is the first to bloom. There are some soft peach Osteospermum blooming there too. I bought them in full bloom. I've found a lot of those red Asiatic lily beetles on the lilies and spiderwort so have sprayed them or crushed them (in my gloved fingers!).
This Hosta used to be in a corner between the house and garage but that area is getting a makeover this summer (i.e. construction) plus the plant was so huge and spilled over the steps so we (Murray) dug it up and we planted it in a cove area of the back deck where it will get shade and sun. It is doing well there.
I've potted up 4 old enamel pots with annuals for the back deck and they are starting to bloom.
This fat bee climbed right in to the centre of this petunia so that just its bum was showing.
I bought a new two seater bench for the deck this year and stained it last week. It is an Adirondack style, a bit different from the other one we have. The trailing fuchsia is opening up.
I painted this table with a Sun-Proof paint in a pretty spring green. It needed an update from white. We are going to be re-siding the house later this summer in a colour called khaki so I think the table will look nice against it.
A neighbour came and tilled the garden last weekend.
Murray was raking rocks from the garden.....again. We grow rocks here on this ridge! lol Our vegetable garden is being cut in half yet again this year. Between an annoying weed that just won't die (and we have to keep pulling it out!) and deer that love to graze on our plants we decided to cut it back and fence in the lower part where the vegetables will be. It's hard to tell here but the garden is still quite large and we'll have 5 rows to plant plus a section about 3 feet wide to plant some perennials in. I'll be transplanting some that aren't doing well due to too much shade in the garden they're in. They'll get lots of sun out here in the open and should do better.
I'm enjoying the hummingbirds at the two feeders we have on the back deck.
And this is rather exciting. We have Eastern Bluebirds starting to nest in the newest birdhouse this year. This is a first for us. We've had the other birdhouse on the post for 2 summers and the last two the Bluebirds have missed out as Swallows have built in it. I will enjoy watching this couple and hope the young survive.
The Tree Swallow peeking its head out the hole.
Pretty potted petunia. Say that fast 7 times. :)
It is raining here today, Tuesday will see some sunshine, then it looks like rain for the rest of the week. Ugh. My plants are living under the eave on the back deck with two lawn chairs protecting them from the rain. However, I am grateful we aren't getting the heavy rains that Texas has had or even in France and Germany with so much flooding. I understand there is a tropical storm forming in Florida that will travel up the coast and probably provide some of our rain later in the week.
I'd like to welcome my new followers and thank you for stopping by for a visit.
If you follow Vee at her blog "A Haven for Vee" please continue to uphold her in prayer for comfort as her dear husband passed away after a sudden illness recently. We had a chance to meet Vee and John in Portland, Maine in 2013 and they are such lovely people. It was a shock to hear of his passing and Vee would really appreciate your prayers for her and the family in the weeks ahead and as they have a memorial service on June 25. Thank You.
Have a beautiful week - rain or shine.