Ahh, springtime…

…when thoughts turn to warmer weather, renewal and new beginnings. Or in my case getting my butt in gear and getting back to blogging. It’s been a long while so why don’t we start off with a picture laden post of the early goings on in my still-a-work-in-progress garden!

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These crocuses (croci?) are some of the first splashes of colour I see this time of year when I look out the window into the yard, shooting up shortly after the white snow drops have made their debut.

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I do enjoy these bunches of lush green leaves scattered here and there though I can never quite remember what they are before their flowers come along. I’ve blogged before of my less than green thumb and can report there is still but the faintest hue visible on those digits.

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Winters here on the west coast of Norway are quite mild so it feels like spring has been looming for the longest time. The rhododendron buds have been looking plump for what seems like weeks now.

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This past fall this Hellebore was looking a bit worse for wear but it seems to have bounced back and its new growth is looking healthy and strong.

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Though not one of my favourites in the garden all the roses are starting to show new growth. It always surprises me how much pruning they can take and still come back with a vengeance the next year.

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Another dash of vibrant purple just because.

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These don’t look like much now but give them a couple of weeks and they’ll be glorious purple balls of flowering awesomeness. Just found out these are called Primula denticulata or Drumstick Primula. I may like them even more knowing that.

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And in the great tangle that is the Clematis (always affectionately known in my mind as Chlamydia), this first little burst of new growth. One of a great many more to come in the weeks ahead.

And so may it be with my blog. Stay tuned.

How Does My Garden Grow – August Edition

For a relatively small garden there does always seem to be a hell of a lot of weeding, mowing, trimming, pruning, digging, and tidying to do. You think you’re done but everything just keeps… growing…

Last year I was tempted to pull out all these plants but I quite like the cloud of white flowers they have going on now. As they’re fairly dense I think I’ll just divide them at some point and plant them around in other spots.

Much the same situation with this large clump. Would definitely benefit with some thinning out.

As with much in our garden I’m not sure what this is called though I assume it’s weedlike in nature. But it survived the vinegar I sprayed on it weeks earlier when I was doing a more general weed cull and since it’s got nice purple flowers and it hasn’t taken over anything yet I’ll let it be.

Don’t know what’s up with the odd colouring of this bud but it does look kind of nice.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of roses in general but I’m happy to see the ones we do have doing well.

Even though pruning them often leaves me with long scrapes and cuts all along my arms. I now sport a scar on my inner left forearm from a pruning shears accident from last year.

This tiny rose previously made its home by the sidewalk in front of the house and because it was tiny would on occasion be mowed down or lopped off by the edge trimmer. After being transplanted I wasn’t sure it would survive as most of its leaves dropped off almost instantly after the move but it’s come back really well I think. It even has a couple of buds opening up now.

Cats may not like lavender (or so Google assures me) but I’ve learned a few small plants aren’t going to deter them from sauntering about the garden leaving smelly gifts for me to find on occasion, considerately covered with bits of grass and moss…

We have two of these plants and although this one is doing well and looks healthy with its bright green leaves, the other is a pale yellow green and looks sickly. Divided from the same larger plant, same kind of soil in their pots, are in the same place on the deck, and yielding such different results.

Another rose, this one a climber.

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This is a bit of rock (more of a large boulder) that’s peeking out from under the lawn in one spot and hopefully we’ll be able to uncover a bit more of it and incorporate it into the garden design somehow.

 So what’s happening in your garden? Any interesting and surprise plants popping up?