11 April, 2010

Springtime in Chicago (Finally) -- Garden Update

I'm a little early with my April submission to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, but I have time this weekend to take a few pictures.

The neighbors' row of forsythia; we can see these from our front windows.

The Corner. Most of this was planted in November, so we're psyched to see that just about everything survived the late planting, including the spring bulbs.
We have so many rabbits and skunks around here, I had my doubts.

I'm especially pleased with how this corner turned out. We have crocus, grape hyacinth, and tulips coming in around the smoke tree; the columbine I just planted. The trellis is new; there are two of them and they form a bit of a privacy barrier with the next yard. I'll be adding flowering vines, but I'm not sure what kind yet.

The magnolia in the front yard. Last year we only had three blossoms on it.

One of the three forsythia bushes I planted this time last year. There are a lot of hostas and summer bulbs planted around its base; can't wait to see them!

Still a lot of work that needs to be done on this corner, but I wanted to get a picture of the hyacinth before they faded away.
Some tulips, creeping myrtle, and in the back are some irises from my godmother. She forgot what color they are, so it will be a surprise when they bloom.

More tulips and creeping myrtle.

A nice overview; you can see the trellises in the back. This is the first year for the crown imperials, growing at the right side of the picture. It looks like two of the three I planted here have decided to make an appearance. They should be opening soon.

One of the new flower beds in the back yard, around the base of the dwarf plum. This is our third summer for the plum, so I hope we actually get fruit this year.

Another new flower bed in the back yard.

So, that's it for the moment. Our three cherry trees, the peach, and the plum tree will blossom in the next few days. I have a couple of antique-variety apples on their way (Cox's Orange Pippin and Winter Banana) and a Seckel pear--all dwarf of semi-dwarf species. It looks like we'll have quite the orchard going on.

1 comment:

Ann Flower said...

What a beautiful garden! I would have loved to walk there, and see all the gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing