The Littlest Gardener decided to move her fairy garden out front under a Lavatera bush. I think it looks very cute. Soon I will be planting a small David Austin rose that I ordered in that open spot. The fairies will have to be careful not to get poked.
Along the opposite part of the yard I planted a new bare root David Austin rose 'Benjamin Britten'. This is where the Delphiniums are returning and I think it should look very pretty together, not to mention when the Clematis on the trellis is blooming too.
A couple of weeks ago my husband and I transplanted all of what was already there after we added some nice new compost. If you remember we found that the soil delivered last year when we built this was the wrong kind and the plants really struggled. Today I direct sowed some lettuce, radishes, snow peas and tons of sweet peas after seeing that Jenni was having luck with her seeds already.
I think this might be the prettiest Primula I've ever seen. The picture does not do it justice. It is called 'Victoriana Gold Lace'.
Hellebore 'Pink Frost' which was added last year is covered in flowers. The Hellebore 'Pink Marble' that was planted at the same time looks terrible, no new growth and no flowers. They are in the same area, not sure what's going on.
The birdhouse on this potting bench on the front porch seems to be the chosen home for a pair of Bewicks Wrens. They've been working on it for about a week now. In the backyard I saw a pair of Chickadees checking out a birdhouse.
In the backyard the Pink Flowering Currants (Ribes sanguineum) are getting closer to blooming.
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' has lots of new growth as do most of the Clematises.
Old-fashioned Bleeding Hearts are coming up. If you look closely you will see the whitish looking flowerbuds already forming.
Last year after Sweet Pea's other rabbit Cookie died we made a small garden for him. She chose this pretty Hellebore off the clearance rack, it's called 'Cotton Candy'.
While checking on the blueberries I found that the Littlest Gardener has turned this bed into a play area. She likes to make pies, etc. It can be planted next year I guess.
Plants in the pond are beginning to send up new growth. They need some cleaning up but I'm not brave enough to stick my hands in that cold water yet to prune them.
The roses also got pruned today. I usually prune them after President's Day. It felt so good to spend some time outside!All words and photos in this post are property of A Gardener in Progress.