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

As I may have mentioned before, the house we bought last year came with a garden that had seen better days. Overgrown, ignored and not a space you wanted to spend much time in. It was a daunting task to try and bring some order to it considering how ungreen my thumb is. As much as I’ve pruned, and dug, and clipped, and hacked, and mowed these last few months at times it’s felt like it’s only been making small dents.

This morning, during a brief period of sunny weather, I captured a few photos that show that maybe the dents are a bit bigger than I had thought. Things are looking not too shabby out there.

The mystery of the unknown leaves growing in several places in the garden has been solved. They’ve blossomed into these lovely purple flower… things…!

What I believe to be a forsythia tree/bush has sprouted quite a few shoots at the bottom. Not sure if they should be removed or not but I’m letting them be for now.

Lilac

The lilac that I had quite severely pruned last summer is doing well. Pardon the blurriness, it was hard to focus on the flower buds but you get the gist of it.

Hosta Leaves

Two massive clumps of hostas, which were hell to divide, are now spread out in two beds by the garage and front steps and in a pot on the deck.

Climbing Rose

I’m glad I took my sister’s advice last year when she told me to hack the climbing roses down to just a couple or so feet. They’re doing awesomely well considering the sad state they were in. I was a bit worried about them but they had been so neglected and overgrown there was no other choice but to prune with no mercy.

I’ve no idea what this is. It’s part of a large clump that used to live in a huge pot at the back of the garden. It seems to have survived the dividing and transplanting so… yay!

Clematis

The clematis growing on the arbour is full of flower buds, some of them just starting to open. The top of the arbour should be a blanket of flowers very soon.

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And forgive me clematis for always wanting to call you chlamydia.

How does your garden grow?

Hmm… And You Are…?

Spring has definitely sprung and with that brings bulbs bursting forth their bright green leaves from the earth, plants sending out fresh new shoots and tiny buds on trees just waiting to unfurl their flowers and leaves.

Blue Flowers

It’s a time of renewal after a long, dark winter here in Norway and the longer days are a welcome change. Gardeners everywhere are looking at their flowerbeds and yards, anxious to see what comes in first and planning which plants to buy to add to this year’s palette of colours.

And then there’s me.

Hellebore

There are things popping up in my garden that I have no clue what they are. My less than green thumb means that almost every nook and cranny of our yard holds some kind of mystery. Could the new shoots pushing their way up out of the ground be daffodils? Could be. Or not, it’s anybody’s guess.

Green leaves

I do know we have a lilac tree and a couple of rhododendrons about. A few roses as well though if you asked me what kind I’d only be able to answer with “yellow” or “pink” and “climbing”.

When we moved into our house this past July we had missed this early spring reveal. My main concern at that time was bringing some order to a very neglected and overgrown outside space. Prettying it up properly had to wait.

With the help of my mother-in-law, a few kind strangers on Facebook and two thick gardening books I lugged back with us from our trip to Canada this Christmas, I’ve managed to put names to a few of the plants.

Primula of some kind

With luck, next spring will find me a little less confused, and a little less mystified as to what is going on out there in the garden.

Anyone else find themselves bumbling about in the garden, not quite sure if what they’ve pulled out was a weed or not? Wishing their thumbs were a touch more green?