Please visit me in my garden, among the flowers and weeds, as I carve out a little patch of heaven in this rainy Pacific Northwest. I hope to share with you some of the joys, the triumphs, the techniques I learn along the way, and maybe some favourite garden recipes and art projects, too.
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I love this time of year when the fruit blossoms are bursting open, so I thought I'd combine fruit blossoms in my first attempt at a mosaic (clockwise from top left - Missouri currant, Asian pear, Frost peach, espalier asian pear (three varieties in horizontal cordon form), cherry buds getting ready to pop).
If anyone has some tips on how to mosaic, I'd love to hear. I found some sort of photo-collage feature in Photoshop, but I didn't like how it worked, so I'd like to try different software - or methods - next time.
I wanted to also share my yellow and blue spring flower arrangement (the colours of the Ukrainian flag), which I prepared from my garden this weekend, to match the Ukrainian themed birthday party my sister Rose planned and prepared (and we hosted) for my Dad's 75th birthday on the weekend.
I love to underplant the fruit trees with spring flowers such as daffodils, which are in bloom while the fruit trees are just "waking up" and budding. And a few of them came in handy for the arrangement.
The other yellow twigs were from the Ribes odoratum (Missouri currant) bush which is living up to its name with a wonderful sweet fragrance. Here is a photo of my sister Rose visiting the bush during her walk-about through my garden (I treat - or, as my husband thinks, torment - nearly all my visitors with a "tour of the garden").
I should have spent a moment to lighten up this next photo, which shows my miniature irises popping up below my cherished granite bench. I'm very pleased with this effect.
I just bought this gold-laced primula this Spring, and it looks happy in the garden. A tree peony (it has wonderful white blossoms, and I think I counted at least 5 buds this year) is visible in the background.
I am super excited that the "weeping cherry" (Prunus "snofozam" or "Snow Fountains") is already budding and starting to flower. It looked pretty dormant when I planted it a few weeks ago.
The fairy garden has survived two winters now, and looks none the worse for wear. I guess I'm a pretty good builder, on a small scale anyhow. Its stone path, though, is almost completely covered in sedums. (The blue bowl is supposed to look like an outdoor "hot tub". The little miniature "Christmas tree" is next to it.)
So many signs of Spring. Even the Gunnera is waking up, and sending up a hand-like shoot from beneath last year's crumpled foliage (In the Fall, I fold the leaves over the crown to protect it from the Winter cold).