Sunday, May 29, 2011

The music is playing now

These are the dappled green and gold days of evocative scents, delicate ephemerals, flower laden crabapple trees and awakening lilacs. At this time of year I wonder how I could ever have imagined any other time was my favourite time. No, this must be it. Right now, walking in the evening and breathing. Humming and softly giddy.

My double flowering plum in holding onto its very last blossoms

The Amur Cherry 'Goldrush' we planted last fall came through the winter with pom poms on. I love how it dances

My clematis macropetala 'Lagoon' is starred with blue (part of project for a new area I will share with you later)

My Dart's Gold ninebark planted at the end of the season last year is starting to shake its shoulders and cast a little gold dust around

The moss phlox 'Emerald Cushion Blue' we put in last spring made it through and is sending up cheerful notes along the path to the garden

The mountain ash in the front of the house is set to burst into lacy flower

My dicentra 'Candy Hearts' is flirting in the corner with the heuchera 'Plum Royale'

which for some reason seems to be calling for a cup of apple wine, I don't know why.

The garden is happy. There were a few losses over the winter but so much more is going to be planted this year that I will not complain. After finishing our hardscaping last fall, this is the year we are finally(!) going to go mad with planting. As well, we have a couple other projects to get started (hint: there is more than one side to a house and more than one garden to be created!) More on all that later as it unfolds. Right now, I just want to enjoy the arrival of the soft days, breathe in the scented evenings, and hum a little.

Hope you are enjoying these sweet days.


Laurrie said...

Going mad with planting? I can't wait! It will be fun to see what you have in mind and what gets started in your new gardens. Such promise.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Hi Laurie,

I am planning to remember to take "before" photos this time so I can track the changes. Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

This is a good time to be in the garden. Cool, fresh mornings with a hint of apple-blossoms, and all the fresh green growth.After our winter, it's like being born again!

The Garden Ms. S said...

Z3B: I love this time of year, not too hot yet and perfume on the air. Not only do I feel born again, I feel born again as a younger me! :)

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

So beautiful MsS! After the winter we've had, we deserve some colour and warmth. How did your plum bloom this year? Mine was quite sparse. I also planted moss phlox for the first time last summer, and can't believe how well it's bloomed! I hope you & your family are doing well, if you are ever headed down south again I recommend a side trip down highway 23 and a stop at Aspen Crossing, quite a beautiful and unique garden centre, about an hour south of Calgary. :)

The Garden Ms. S said...

Hi Rebecca, My plum was quite full but not as much as last year. Sadly, a big rain and wind came as soon as it bloomed and took most of the blossoms. (not fair!)
Thanks for the tip on Aspen Crossing. I love side trips, esp to anything involving gardens. :)
Hope you are all doing well. And hope you get lots of sunshine too!

Anna said...

Your post really conveys the sheer magic and joy of spring. Look forward to hearing more about your new plantings and projects.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Hi Anna, spring seemed a long time in arriving this year so we are very appreciative that these lovely days seem to have finally settled in. Lots to do but I have to remind myself that the garden is as much a respite as a project. :)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Ms S can you tell a happy gardener when you see one through their pictures of their garden plants ?
We have had no Spring .. we have jumped from endless rain to hot humid summer .. and hotter to come .. makes for a very sweaty gardener ? haha
Can't wait to see what plants you are going to go mad over girl : ) it is the best of fun isn't it ?

Grace said...

Hum a little? Sounds great to me! Spring is such a wonderful time of year. Your plants look great and I look forward to seeing what newbies arrive in your borders.

sweetbay said...

I love the pictures of the phlox, mountain ash, and bleeding heart. So beautiful! Spring is such a magical time of year isn't it?

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It certainly feels like we are poised, on the edge of a old fashioned dance floor.

And the blossoms are the beautiful dresses the woman wear.

I love the layout of your blog!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

The Garden Ms. S said...

Joy, I think your rain came this way. We are grey and cold (brrr!) right now. Apparently spring should return later this week. I am home recovering from a minor surgery to plan to heal in the garden. Hurry up sun!

Grace, I have a list of newbies I want to get in this year. I will be taking pics of each one!

Sweetbay, We have two identical mountain ash in the front but one is always a week or so behind the other although they are very close to each other. I feel like I get an extended season between the two of them. :)

Jen, You have captured the dance that is spring and summer perfectly! We are poised and the dance will be magical. Thanks for the compliment on the new layout. I put in a new background to freshen things up around here - a little spring cleaning. :)


Wonderful photographs of lovely flowers! Great colours.
Have a great weekend.
Ingrid x

Casa Mariposa said...

Everything looks so fresh! I love your purple bleeding heart. I've never seen them in that shade before.

Andrea said...

Wow, they are already giving the profits to your labor. And the composition of the last one i love most, its like a painting too!

The Garden Ms. S said...

Ingrid: Thanks! I am so happy to finally have some colour in the garden to photograph. :)

Casa M: The 'Candy Hearts' is an amazing dicentra. I love its intensity when tucked away - it draws your eyes right to it.

Andrea: That heuchera is so pretty that the leaves look like a painting. It used to have a more silvery coating on the leaves but hasn't for the last two years. I love the plummy shades though.