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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Garden Tour April 2011






Today's blog entry is a quick tour of what is happening within my garden. Come along to see what is blooming or getting ready to bloom.

Today we will enter through the bell gate. The tinkling sound that has successfully deterred the deer is a sweet gentle sound to our ears as we enter and are greeted with jonquils whose yellow faces seem to smile and whisper, "look at me. Look at me." 

Mixed in, among the daffodils is the tiny yellow flower whose name escapes me today.  I wrote about it last summer and have seen it in books, and online, but not today. 
 
Please help me if you can.  It is an extremely invasive plant that spreads by tiny bulblets. The plant has shiny leaves and a sunburst yellow flower.  Anyway, it is very pretty and sweet if you don't think about its spreading nature.
Along the edge of my garden is a spicebush with tiny bursts of sunshine along its branches.  I didn't plant this one. It is at that spot where garden meets woodland.
And, what would spring be without Spring beauties?  The tiny bulbs may be gathered, cleaned, sliced and sauteed.  It takes a lot to add much more than mere adventure to your meal. I fixed them once with my children. I prefer viewing the flowers to eating the bulbs but they weren't bad.
 There is very little else blooming, but the promise is there. We'll come back in a few days when the spirea is in bloom and the ferns are greening up.
Don't forget to close the gate, please.


11 comments:

Jane said...

I love the rustic look of your home! Very beautiful.

Beyond My Garden said...

Thanks Jane. If you come this way, be sure to visit.
nellie

Naturedigital said...

A lot is happening in your beautiful garden ..
There is so much activity in spring...
Have a great day.
Costas

rebeccainthewoods said...

I think your invasive yellow flower is lesser celandine.

bonifer said...

Beautiful Nellie, can't wait til summer to see it in full bloom, you have a gorgeous spot !!

Anne McCormack said...

What a lovely gate and garden! I love the idea of the bell gate. I might have to try that. And I will close it!

Debbie said...

i love spring and all the little surprises popping out of the earth. i enjoyed the tour, everything is so beautiful!!!

Beyond My Garden said...

Rebecca, YES! thank-you. I just couldn't think of it today. I tried to find my old blog or even find it on the internet. Thank-you, now I will be able to sleep tonight.
nellie

Rick said...

What a great tour ! Loved all those early flowers, even the invasive one. Look forward to seeing more of it now you've whetted our appetite. We're probably a month behind you back home.

Marvin said...

Thank you for the tour of your garden. Beautiful flowers, and I love your gates and landscaping. Things are a lot more utilitarian around our place.

michele3873 said...

Rebeccainthewoods is correct. Your yellow invasive flower is Lesser Celandine. We live near a wooded stream bed and this invasive weed has covered our area like a thick carpet. It may look pretty but it is a horrible plant. It has killed off all the native wildflowers in our area. I have been trying to get rid of it for years but it is nearly impossible where I live since it is everywhere.