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Garden Update: “Whoomp There It Is”

By April 16, 2010Gardening

Ferns, rumored to be finicky, seem to flourish in our yard

Coneflowers and ornamental grasses

Neil surprised me with this beautiful garden ornament I thought looked like a
Tomie dePaola illustration.

I spent two hours weeding our rock garden last weekend. The succulents we planted last spring have nearly quadrupled in size and are the most vibrant beautiful array of colors. The rock garden is filled with happy earthworms who didn’t seem happy to see me.

This mint, although still small, is so fragrant it can be smelled
the moment you open the door.

Tons upon tons of oregano and basil already. We can’t wait for the pesto!

This shrub, which doesn’t seem to be the appropriate term is so beautiful and vibrant you can see it from the next block.

Beautiful miniature Daffodils

A tiny chime I made from salvaged garden ornaments.

And finally, our tomatoes. They are leaps and bounds ahead of the peppers,
that I can’t seem to will to sprout with my mind.

If you live in much of the country, this has been a phenomenal spring so far. With temperatures averaging more than 10 degrees above normal, growth zones have seemingly vanished and everything is in bloom. I think we’ve earned it though right? This winter was particularly long and cold, (the coldest in thirty years in Missouri) so ¬†an unseasonably warm spring filled with all the beautiful things we’ve been without for months is more than owed if you ask me.

After my Grandma passed away in November it seems no coincidence that her favorite season is so exceptionally beautiful this year. I think of all the things she’d have to say about our garden. The way she worked the soil with her bare fingers, extolling the virtues of connecting with God by getting your hands dirty. The way she’d make us puppets from snapdragons and tell us stories and old German nursery rhymes. And every year, on the first 50 degree day, she’d plant dozens of flowers along the highway so people would have pretty things to look at on their way to wherever it was they were headed. She is Spring to me, and even though I know rationally she isn’t here, she’s everywhere I look in my garden.


  • Christa says:

    Looks gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant! Love the teal birdie… I might have to look for one of my own.

  • Erin says:

    I love ferns and succulents. My sisters MIL has the best rock gardens I’ve ever seen- huge and beautiful. I can’t keep my Hens and Chicks alive for a single summer. The one thing I miss most from Columbia though would be the acrid smell of the Boxwood hedges. One day I’d love to have Lilacs in my backyard and Boxwoods in the front but I think I’ll have to move to much warmer climes to achieve that goal. You rarely see a Boxwood in Minnesota. Bummer.

  • The rock garden is beautiful! We have a ton of rocks in our yard since we live in new mexico. I would love to do something beautiful with it, but it’s overwhelming.

  • Jessica says:

    I love the smell of Lilac’s, Honeysuckle and Boxwood! Gardening in Minnesota is an exercise in short-term creativity. You can do some cool stuff, but you have to be both dedicated and resound to the fact that you have less time to enjoy it. My aunt lives on the bluff in Stillwater and has INCREDIBLE gardens. My uncle did a lot of rock gardens and fountain work and they have a lot of native plants arranged creatively.

  • Jessica says:

    @Katie, set-up is the hardest part, but once you have it installed, and the crevices fully sanded, it’s really almost maintenance-free. We never have to water it, just pull the weeds (which is easy once you get the first weeding out of the way. It really is hassle-free gardening at its best.