Spring – hope and promise – and a goose…

This is a great time of year in my little urban garden – so much hope, promise, and anticipation of new life, bright colors, and constant outdoor time.

I might even go as far as to say the spring garden is my favorite garden time – I think because of the hope, promise, and anticipation.

Plus, I get to begin my weekly trips to the plant nursery.  This goose has decided to make her nest at my favorite plant nursery. I’ve got a special place in my heart for Canada geese – growing up we had a pet goose named Ernie.  We thought he was a male, but then some eggs appeared…

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Anyway, I’ve got a few favorite things in my spring garden that I think everyone should have.

I planted these tulip bulbs last fall and I am so happy that I took the time.  I tend to get tired of tending garden by fall so I haven’t had many spring bulbs in my garden in the past.  I love the early spring life and color – and every year I swear that I will plant tons of bulbs in the fall – and then, I don’t do it. Well, I am here to tell you that this fall I am definitely going to do it. These little, bright, ruffled tulips are the inspiration I needed to get more bulbs planted.  I’ve already got bulb planting on my calendar for this fall.  You should put fall bulb planting on your calendar right now so you don’t forget. Just do it. Bulbs are totally worth the time and effort.

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My hens, chicks, and other sedum type plants have survived! It is hard to believe because these things can grow on rocks, but I’ve not had great luck with hens and chicks in my gardening past. I’ve been monitoring my south side garden all winter – nervous that my sweet little sedum mix would not survive.  This sedum mix – the plantings on the right in this photo are the best thing I have encountered in a while. In fact, I am on a spring adventure for more.  It’s like a treasure hunt. There is even a rogue strawberry plant trying to join the sedum party. More on the sedum mix adventures later…

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I can’t really talk about the hope and promise of spring without mentioning our dwarf type lilac. I don’t exactly know what species this delicate lilac is. It was here when we moved in a really long time. I am not sure I would have ever thought myself to plant a lilac.  The lilacs I am familiar with are the big hedge type lilacs. This little one we’ve got is perfect for our small space.  Anyway, we look forward to the week or two that this lilac blooms every spring. The evening scent is … intoxicating. It is planted right outside our front door so we get to enjoy the scent every evening – all evening – when it is briefly in bloom.  Tad even looks forward to the week of the lilac.  You know it is good if Tad notices it – and likes it.  I love the week of the lilac so much that one year we were talking about taking a vacation in the spring and I had to rearrange the dates around the blooming lilac. It is an event around here. Seriously.

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If you will recall, a few weeks ago I was all “eek, I’m behind getting arugula and stuff planted in my edible garden.”  Well – I’ve got an update.  The arugula is just fine. The radishes are also coming up. The carrots are sadly absent (the bare strip in the middle).  I figure 2 out of 3 isn’t bad considering I am an amateur at this edible garden thing. I like this cold hardy edible garden thing. It’s easy and exciting…

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Finally, the bleeding heart.  I have had the bleeding heart in my garden off and on over the years. It is a short lived perennial here in Colorado, so I ended up not having the patience for it.  However, it has been luring me in again over the last few years. I broke down this last weekend. I’ve now got two bleeding heart plants in my newly planted front bed – more on that project later. This is the sweetest short lived spring blooming perennial ever. It is impossible to resist…

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