Spring Time in Old Hickory

Sunday, April 14, 2019
In just a few weeks, my front yard will be in glorious bloom. Noooo, it doesn't look like this now.  This picture was from a couple years ago.  What it looks like now is a tremendous amount of work!

I spent all morning cleaning up some of the winter mess and am very grateful for a helpful hubby who pulled chickweed for me for a couple of hours.  There's no way my back is doing that this year...

And this realization has led me to the creation of a pot garden... I'm sorry, "container" garden.  I've got to focus on herbs this year for both cooking and for soap making.  Last year I did get some rosemary going but never got enough to make a batch of soap with.  I did make some really lovely mint basil soap with basil from my garden, but I'm definitely hoping for more out of my rosemary.

My perennial garden isn't letting me down this spring, though!  This honeysuckle has little buds all over it and should be in full color with a couple good, hot days.  My monkey grass and creeping Jenny are already showing off some bright greens.  
BUT, my azaleas!  These things look so dead every winter, and I'm sure they're just going to peter out and die on me... then BAM!  Little pink buds everywhere!  I've always had a hard time getting azaleas to last, but I think I finally got some planted in exactly the right amount of sun and shade.  Whatever the miracle is, I accept it.

It's just too bad you only get full bloom for a couple weeks.  I do have a "leather leaf" one that has a peppermint stripe blossom that I believe Dave said was an Endless Summer variety.  That one bloomed almost all summer and gave me a bonus late fall bloom!

This strawberries and cream grass is one I'm happy to see return.  I didn't know it was a perennial.  It did really great in the shade, too.  Granted, it didn't get the 4' x 4' it's supposed to get, but I'm happy for the trade out.
My hostas are also doing really well this spring.  I've had problems with snails eating them up fast every year, but these have been in the ground here for 3-4 years now and are doing the best they've done so far.  The one on the right there is a giant variety and seems very content in this full sun spot.

The daylilies came back with a 
vengeance.  I hope to get an amazing
 amount of flowers out of them this year.

 My yellow knockout rose is full of buds already.  Tennessee has a terrible problem with these bushes getting rosacea and dying out, but the yellow ones seem fairly immune so far.  I got this for petals to go on my soaps and quickly realized I need traditional roses for that.

I'm SUPER happy that my calendula patch is filling in so quickly!  I know I can easily buy calendula for my soap, but there's such sheer pleasure in using things that you grew yourself.  I'm also still hoping to get some acceptable loofah this year, but I still haven't decided where I'm going to plant that stuff.  It might be time to move to the country.

I was really tempted to move both my oak leaf hydrangea and hibiscus plants to a "better" location, but they are doing so well that I'm going to leave them alone.  I'll focus on collecting hibiscus seeds this year and get more started in other places.

These really start SO easy from seeds, so if you have a friend that has some hibiscus, make them share a couple seed pods with you!

And if they have sedum in their yard, now is the perfect time to split that up.  The tiniest little clump of this stuff will spread like crazy over the summer, and by next spring, you'll have enough of your own to share.  This one here is very common, and I've seen lots of house plant lovers growing them inside, especially in terrariums.

And yes, I think every single picture had helicopters (maple tree seeds) in them - that is my life from now until July, first trying to keep all of them blown out of my flower beds, then going around picking all the baby maple trees out of them.

It's totally worth it when the whole yard is enveloped in color and your neighbors can't walk by without stopping to compliment you.  That one lady is STILL trying to talk me out of my giant rocks.  Walk on lady, walk on!

Next time y'all see garden pictures, there will most definitely be flowers.  I hope you're enjoying your start to spring!!


  1. MaryMac said...:

    Is there no end to your talents?? Your yard is going to be absolutely glorious in no time at all.

  1. LOL Cooking and gardening are my first love. :-) Did tons of work today and found out the landlady is having the tree in the front yard cut down this week... I have TONS planted around that tree that I have to move in the morning. Fun, fun.

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