"One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it brings."

Monday, April 26, 2010

The front yard in Spring.

I realized I hadn't taken too many pictures of the whole front yard for awhile. I tend to start taking pictures of individual plants out there and forget to get pictures of the bigger picture. I've found that I've been focusing on my backyard quite a bit, but this weekend noticed the front needed a bit of weeding. I've been working on the "driveway garden" quite a bit lately, and I'll share pictures of that once there are more than seedlings and bare ground showing.
Many flowers in the front yard won't really start blooming for another month or two, but it's still filling in pretty well.

This Dogwood could make anything look good. To the right of it are lots of Oriental Lilies (at least the ones the squirrels didn't dig up), roses, Phlox and other perennials. I just planted the Dahlia tubers by the birdbath that I had dug up last Fall. To the left towards the front are of some of the Alliums 'Purple Sensation' that I planted last Fall. I've never grown them before, but after seeing them on so many blogs last year I knew I wanted to try them.

About two-thirds down the bed looking back to the house are more Phlox, Liatris, Peonies, Columbines and more coming up. Can you tell I love old fashioned cottage garden flowers?

At the end of the bed looking back towards the "butterfly garden", which I think will get a name change this year if more butterflies don't show up. Maybe "pollinator garden"? Lamb's Ear, Rumex, Coreopsis, Red Valerian, Monarda and lots more here.

Back at the other end of the bed, but on the inside of the yard looking out Tulips and Daffodils bloom while many of the shrubs and perennials are quickly filling in, many with buds.

Looking down the bed there is quite a bit of empty space to fill in... I guess some of the winter sowing can go here.

The 'Iceberg' rose, which is about the easiest rose I've ever grown, will have lots of Pink Poppies blooming around it thanks the Littlest Gardener. I had no idea she planted so many. There are also a few different low growing Veronicas in here as well.

Aside from the Lilac 'Ludwig Spaeth' not much is happening in the butterfly garden. The Butterfly Bush is making it's come back after being cut back. It won't bloom until July, but there are lots of flowers that will be in bloom long before then.

This is the shady corner next to the butterfly garden. The Snowball bush has just taken off in the last couple of years. My husband estimated it's about 12 feet tall! The flowers are quickly growing and should be really pretty in a couple of weeks. Forget-me-nots, Pieris and Tiarella are blooming now.

No birds moved into the birdhouse this year, but look at this pretty guy (or girl?) that's been visiting the front yard. This is a White-crowned Sparrow and we don't see them that often in our yard. Occasionally in the Spring they show up for a few days. This one though seems to like it here and has been around for the past week.

I normally try to include the Latin names of my plants because I know we call many of the same plants by different names, and those Latin names help us to know exactly what it is. I had too many plants to list this time, but if you have a question about what a certain plant is I'll be happy to answer.
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52 comments:

  1. I too was thinking that dogwood makes everything look awesome, but your garden even without it is quite spectacular.

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  2. Check out www.loghouseplants.com which is a wholesale nursery down in Cottage Grove, OR. They list all the different nurseries they ship to (including up in WA) and they carry different butterfly "host plants" that bring the food that the caterpillar/butterfly species need (so I guess they will stick around). Different plants for different kinds of butterflys.
    Your yard is looking great!

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  3. G'morn, Catherine ~ Your gardens are fabulous ... the lilac is my fav, of course. I wish our dogwoods came out lush this year, as has yours. They were a real fizzle.

    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~ Hugs in love, Marydon

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  4. The dogwood is definitely the show stealer. The snowball bush looks like it's about to explode with blooms!

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  5. I was thinking the same thing about the dogwood before you said it. It is stunning. The beds are so nice and full. They will be awesome when they are in bloom.

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  6. That dogwood is breathtaking.
    Looks like your front yard is coming along very nicely.
    ~~Linda...

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  7. WoW! I can't believe I've seen your yard - it looks completely different now. ;-) Your Dogwood is beautiful and the Lilac is definitely in my color, gorgeous. I think your butterflies will come, it was so new last year they just didn't realize it was there yet.
    I was doing a post for today but now have to leave and drive the kids somewhere. Dang! I wanted to go around visiting posts I've missed being on vacation. Hope they don't keep me in town all day so I can come back and do that.

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  8. Your garden is spectacular Catherine! Everything flows together so beautifully and the accents (like the painted birdhouse) and such lovely touches. Really wonderful post! :)

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  9. Just beautiful! I love that your lawn seems to get steadily smaller, while the beds get larger.

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  10. Your garden is perfection! I keep telling my husband I want our front and back yards to look just like yours!

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  11. Your front yard is charming.

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  12. Oh my! The garden is so beautiful! I can't wait until mine catches up with yours!

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  13. Your dogwood is a show stopper! I've always wanted to try alliums too, I'm excited to see how yours turn out :) Happy Monday!

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  14. Blooming trees and lots of anticipation, what more could you desire?

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  15. Catherine, so inviting and simply charming!

    We have the same lilac, which is my favorite... its rich color warms my soul. My eye really travels from your tulip to the dogwood and back to the lilac... Lovely!

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  16. Thanks for the front yard tour. Your dogwood is spectacular!

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  17. Catherine, just beautiful...I bet you have the best yard in your neighborhood! Maybe my pink dogwood will look like yours one day.

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  18. Yay for dogwood and snowball!!! All-time faves for me. Beautiful job there, and a great pre-season overview. Cheers! Bonnie

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  19. What a wonderful front garden, it will look beautiful with all the flowers blooming in mid summer. Thank you sharing with us and take care.

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  20. Oh, just gorgeous, I have to come out there and stay awhile. I'll sleep in the garden :)

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  21. That dogwood is stunning!!!! Oh to have a dogwood that mature and what a wonderful color.....ooo aaawwwww.
    I have a Japanese Snowball Viburnum and it says on the tag that it gets 12 or more feet tall. In the Learning Garden there is a Chinese Snowball Viburnum and it is well over 15 feet or more!! Sure fills a space.

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  22. That dogwood really is a star Catherine - how long does it flower for? Your garden is really filling out so quickly now and looks delightful.

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  23. WOw. YOur front is as charming as the back. Love the picture with the dogwood reflecting in the window. Great pink contrast to the blue on your house. Stunning.

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  24. Your front garden is beautiful! The pink dogwood and purple lilac are perfect focal points. Cottage gardens are my favorite! I actually tried for that look here, but bold colors and textures keep finding their way into the beds. Hmmm....

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  25. Catherine, your front garden really is amazing. I can just hear your daffodils and tulips though "hey, Dogwood, quit hogging all the attention! We're pretty too!"

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  26. what a beautiful home and garden!!!!!!!!!! enjoyed the tour....smiles, Linda

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  27. Isn't your Dogwood gorgeous. Wow! So is your lilac bush. Your lilacs are darker than mine.I can see so many plants coming up in your beds. Irises too. I think I needed the littlest gardener to sow my poppy seeds. Mine are so tiny I can hardly see them. Your snowball bush is going to be so pretty when all of those blooms change. If I do not like my Hot Papaya Echinacea I will be sending it to join your orange one. LOL!

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  28. Nothing wrong with cottage gardens Catherine. Yours is beautiful and that pink dogwood is lovely.

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  29. I am speechless after seeing all those shots, Catherine. I wonder how beautiful it'd be when I see it in real! Oh, I wish I could! Love the shady space near the butterfly garden. The snowball bush seems to light up the area.

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  30. Catherine, The dogwood is so beautiful -- and I love the way it picks up and accents the colors of the other flowers in bloom. Lovely. -Jean

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  31. That dogwood is absolutely 'to die for' wow! and wow again!! Larry

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  32. Oh, Catherine your garden looks so amazing! Those pink blooms are incredible against the blue of your house. I'm always impressed with your garden. :-)

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  33. What a beautiful tree! I had never seen a dogwood in full flower like yours. How long does it stay in flower?

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  34. Beautiful blooms on your trees and lilac. Your garden looks so lush.

    Eileen

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  35. Hi Catherine

    I know I've said it before but I like the planting against the blue of the house.

    My snowball bush is at the same stage as yours.

    I can smell that lilac from over here. For us, this is turning out to be a cracking year for lilac blooms. I reckon it was the cold winter that's contributed to it.

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  36. Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting! Yesterday ended up getting busy and I didn't get time to reply or visit other blogs.

    The Dogwood usually stays at it's best for a couple of weeks, then the flowers begin to dry and the petals fall off. It doesn't have any scent but it looks like it should.

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  37. So pretty Catherine. Love the snowball viburnum. Our Lowes had some for 2.48!! I should go snag one.
    I hope we have more butterflies this summer too. We hardly had any last year. I thought it was our cool, wet summer but you had the opposite so maybe there's another reason?

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  38. Catherine there are so many wonderful plants in your front garden and its great to see the bigger view this time and you sure do have quite a bit of garden to maintain at the front - but its ever so beautiful. I just drool over that cornus. :) Rosie

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  39. I love how your garden is designed to provide color through each of the seasons. The dogwood is absolutely gorgeous right now and it is nice to look forward to upcoming blooms from many of your other plants.

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  40. Such a beautiful dogwood.
    HA I have gardeners envy!

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  41. You have a fabulous garden! I really love your flowering dogwood! My red twig dogwood looks good but my dwarf flowering dogwood is an underachiever! I topdressed it with peat, gave it some fertilizer and a little aluminum sulfate...maybe it will do better next year!

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  42. Your garden is just gorgeous! You've done a wonderful job, and that tree sure does its job. I was looking for some empty space today. I don't have a big yard, and I can't find any more space! What's a gardener to do? I started filling pots.
    Brenda

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  43. Your neighbors are fortunate to get to see your beautiful front garden. That pink dogwood is stunning, and it looks like soon you will have a lush garden brimming with blooms! I love the snowball viburnum. I have one, too, and it is one of my favorites. I am looking forward to seeing your yard as it progresses through the season.

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  44. The dogwood is sublime! I really like how you've gotten rid of a lot of grass... and made room for beds.

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  45. You've really done a nice job creating a four season garden. The dogwood is so incredible, it makes more sense to save a lot of your best bloomers for later in the season, as I doubt they cold compete with the dogwood anyway.

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  46. Hello Cath, most of the bloggers are here in your post appreciating everything! For my part i feel that the dogwood and the snowball bush are my favorites, but the totality of your garden is really great. I dont know much of these temperate plants but i know how to appreciate beauty well, hehehe! It doesnt look like it's been affected by winter at all. thank you.

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  47. Hi Catherine, your garden looks so nice and so neat. You've really done a great job with it! I'm sure those alliums won't dissapoint you, they are gorgeous! I planted 30 new bulbs of them last fall myself. I can't wait to see more pictures from your garden. I hope you'll have a wonderful week / hugs gittan

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  48. Catherine, The dogwood is stellar, but I think the blue of your house is, too! I was so excited to read this post and see the great garden you've created that I sent a link to my baby sis! She would also love what you've done~The chipmunks moved into my garden and ate all my orienpet lilies! Bad rodents! gail

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  49. Good grief, that is one gorgeous dogwood! Your front garden is lovely. Have you ever volunteered to be on your local garden tour?

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  50. The dogwood makes a beautiful pink canopy over your garden, pulling everything together. It makes a nice frame to view your house.

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  51. Your front garden is looking lovely! You're right, that pink Dogwood would make anything look good it's so completely covered in flowers. Your Lilac looks wonderful too. Great picture of the sparrow.

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  52. Your front garden is looking lovely Catherine. So welcoming for your visitors. And you helped me identify a recent feathered visitor to my own garden down here in Texas -- the white crowned sparrow, which I had never seen before and wasn't able to identify. Thanks!

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