Everything’s Coming Up Roses

It took several weeks, but my allergies seem to have finally abated. Thank God. I’m not sure how much more I could have taken. Funny thing is, our yard is still in bloom with something new every day. It’s fun to see what sprouts up next, and now that some of the early blooms have died off in tandem with my allergies, I’m starting to narrow down just exactly who is the culprit. As of now, the flowering pear trees are my prime suspect, but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how the rest of the spring plays out.

In the meantime, it was nice to head outside for a little while today to take pictures of some of the new flowers without my head exploding. There is literally something blooming in just about every inch of our yard, and even though I’ve been too busy to even think about planting a garden this year, it looks as though we just might have a bumper crop of rhubarb, peaches, and grapes.

I can’t even tell you how ridiculously excited I am about the peaches and grapes! ūüôā

So, for your viewing pleasure, here are a few of the newest blooms I found today…

In A Gadda Da Vida

When Steven and I bought our new house¬†in December, we knew the biggest challenge was going to be our big yard.¬†¬†Judging by the landscaped flower beds and pots and trellises and trees and shrubs in just about every corner, nook, and cranny, we guessed that we might be getting in a little over our heads. I mean, neither one of us knows what to do with something like this…

Honestly, our first thought would be just to mow it all down and try to bag up the mess but we’re pretty sure there are a whole lot of plants and flowers buried under here, not to mention what appears to be a wagon wheel covered with brush and a thick layer of dead leaves.

Sadly, neither of us is much of a gardener. We know next to nothing about plants and trees and landscaping, and I doubt either one of us could correctly identify a weed if we actually saw one (with the exception of dandelions. Come on, we’re not complete flora morons). So, we figured we’d just start slow, raking and bagging as much as possible, to see what we could unearth. Of course, that prompted Steven to head directly to Lowe’s to buy some fancy gas-powered leaf sucker/blower/mulcher machine, which he was having fun with, right up until he realized that the amount of leaves we’d already raked into piles would keep him busy sucking and mulching until spring of 2013.

So, we both rolled up our sleeves and started raking and bagging the old fashioned way, and I have to say, we’ve made some pretty decent progress so far.

Here’s a bit of the front yard…

And the north side yard…

And the back yard and south side yard…

We still have quite a bit to go, but it’s amazing how quickly everything is blooming now that all the dead brush is being cleared away. We’ve got some new buds sprouting on the peach tree…

And trees and shrubs beginning to show their first signs of green…

We’ve got brightly-colored flowers beginning to bloom all around the yard…

And just look at what a difference a few days of warm sunshine can make. I took this first shot on Tuesday, March 6…

And this shot of the same tree on March 12…

I’ve gotta admit, it’s sort of fun stepping outside each morning and being surprised by something new and beautiful each time. And now that we’ve spent the past few days out in the yard clearing away the mountains of piled up fall leaves and seeing the first flowers of the season beginning to bloom, we’re getting sort of anxious to see what the rest of the spring and summer have in store for us. We know that we may not decide to keep it all (or be able to keep up with it all), but¬†we figure after a season or two of seeing how things grow, we might be able to get a handle on it.

After three days of hard work and we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. At this point, the only thing we’re really bummed about is that we didn’t buy stock in biodegradable Lawn and Leaf Bags before we began…

Spring Has Sprung

Even if the winter has been exceptionally mild, dropping just one heavy snowfall and a couple of week of consecutively frigid temperatures, the coming of spring always seems to make you feel a little better. The days get a little longer. The sun shines a little brighter. And the world around you seems to come a little more into focus when bright new life begins to push its way through the dead brown blanket of winter.

We caught our first glimpse last week, when temperatures climbed to 70 on Tuesday. And even if¬†old Mother Nature decides to throw us a curveball in the shape of a freak¬†late season¬†snowstorm, I think it’s safe to say that spring has officially sprung.

I don’t know about you, but I am sure ready. And with a big yard full of mystery plants and flowers (because, let’s face it, to a black thumb gardener like me, they are all a mystery), I’m excited to see what our new home will look like once everything begins to bloom. Here are the first of the season. And believe me, there are many more to come…

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