Spring yard clean-up

EDITED: Two more pics added to the original post at the end, including one mystery plant. Anyone know what it is?

FINALLY – a glorious day to be outside doing a little ‘yard farming’!

Other than riding my motorcycle, puttering in my yard and garden is my absolute favorite 3-season activity. It’s far too early to plant tender annuals just yet, so today was just a day for doing a little policing and clean-up. I took a few pictures to share, but it’s still very early.

Most of these shots were taken in the perennial bed to the north of the house (um, that red thing isn’t the house, it’s the shed – LOL)…

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First up, here is (apparently) the ONLY early-spring bulb on the whole property – a lovely lavender crocus! I was lucky I picked today to go around picking up litter, otherwise I would’ve missed this little feller! This Fall I have GOT to scatter more crocus, hyacinth, tulip, and early daffodils!

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For mid-spring there are lots of small patches of daffodils – I’m waiting impatiently for those beautiful blooms!

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And, although they won’t bloom til mid-summer, I do have several patches of Surprise Lilies (aka Naked Ladies!) that will look lush and green for another few weeks til the foliage starts to die back. This little gnomey guy is overseeing this particular spot…

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… and he’s keeping an eye on the flamingos for me as well.

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Hard to see it, but behind this flamingo there’s a very large tomato cage poked down in the soil. Last year I used it as a trellis for Sweet Pea, but they never bloomed.

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There are also a few patches of sedum (my former neighbor called them Live Forever) poking through.

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This stump (which I dragged home last year over vehement objections from my darling hubby – it’s TOO BIG, he complained, though I didn’t even ask him to help me move it!) is the perfect height for sitting amongst the hostas, which aren’t up yet.

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Also in this bed, there is a very large patch of Black Eyed Susan…

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… some pretty purple Spiderwort…

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…and Monarda (bee blam) which smells wonderfully minty!

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Over next to the garage, I took advantage of my husband’s winter hobby – wood-turning – and used all the wood shavings and sawdust we cleaned up from our basement as free mulch in this little flower bed, which is supervised by my wire chicken, Henny Penny…

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… and her friend Miss Frog. This bed will be filled with annuals, and…

 

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… I hope some morning glory volunteers will sprout and take over this curb-rescued planter I’m using as a trellis.

EDITED TO ADD…

A little more raking revealed a few more tidbits in the perennial bed! First, the hostas are just BARELY beginning to peek thru!

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And, here’s something I planted a couple years ago, but can’t remember what it is! It’s bright green, and grows in a low, matte-like ground cover with frilly leaves, and blooms purple… hmmm, early summer if I remember correctly. Any ideas?

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Happy Spring, y’all, I’m headed back outside!

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