In the Spring Garden


It seems like forever since I've been in my garden, but Spring has returned!!!! Every weekend has been rainy so last weekend and this weekend I darted in and out between rainstorms to get the work of cleaning up the yard done.  Come visit with me!




This sign was my first garden project of the year.  I found this gorgeous aqua oops paint and I've been madly painting everything in sight with it.  Isn't it a heavenly colour?!  Paint was the order of business this weekend. The rain threatened but held off so I've painted EVERYTHING - doors, gates, my potting bench, my greenhouse... various other things.  I made another sign, too.



For the first time in years, I planted tulips last fall and I am so pleased that I did.  The pink are Angelique tulips.  I don't remember the name of the yellow & white - just that they were mixed doubles.




And here they are in the border:


Do you know this next plant?  It's Euphorbia Polychroma, or Cushion Spurge.  It turns bright red in the fall, too.  It's one of my favourite plants.



His lordship has been my constant companion and helper (NOT!).


I finally got my potting bench roof done and painted the whole thing.  What a job that was!  I ran out of good weather last fall when I was half way through the project and slapped on a metal roof to keep everything from being soaked all winter.  It's not what I had envisioned, but it works well.


If you want to know how to build the bench part, click HERE
and for adding the roof, click HERE

I built a new garden gate for myself out of an old door:


And no, that's not the same sign.  That's an identical copy of the first sign because I liked it so  much and thought it would be a cool sign for my garden gate.  Plus it hides the open side of the mail slot.  I had to add 2x2s to either side of the door to make it fit in the opening.  And I had to add a bracket to the post beside the house to make sure it would hold the weight of the door.  I am so pleased with this!!

This is the bed I am currently working on.  I've expanded it and now I'm waiting impatiently for some signs of colour and growth. I would actually have colour in there right now except that Max ate all the flowers off the pansies that I filled this garden with.   I'm so planting tulips again this year!!!


Here's my gorgeous crabapple that just burst into bloom yesterday.  That front landing is being ripped off this year HOORAY!  Finally there will be a decent front landing on this house.  I'm getting a new front door soon too...


So there you are, my spring cleanup is off to a good start.  Happy gardening!






44 comments:

  1. I LOVE PLACAS.SÃO LINDAS.BOA SEMANA.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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  2. Oh, this outdoor space is perfect. I love every nook and cranny. The signs and wonderful additions and that aqua is just the right burst of color. Well done!

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  3. Lots of style and curb appeal Anne! Love your Jardin!

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  4. Spring is such a joyous time. Anne, your garden is looking lovely especially with the Crab Apple tree in full bloom. Euphorbia varieties add dimension to a garden and look great all year. Thanks for the garden tour. I can't wait to see your next project.

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    1. Thank you! Spring is even more joyous after a long winter :)

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    2. oh boy I am in love with the white door on the gate!!!

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  5. Beautifully done! Love the door, the signs, and the flowers are looking beautiful, as is the crabapple! You've really done a good job with your home and garden!

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  6. The door is really something Ann and I love the tulips too!

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  7. I love the door! The yard is so cute, Anne. xoxo

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  8. Everything looks so good Anne and that door is a wonderful addition. Can't wait for your next project!

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    1. Thanks Di! I'm so happy to get outdoors again!! xox

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  9. Looks awesome Anne! I've been working feverishly on my yard too, I'm hoping to get some pictures today so I can post a garden tour on my blog :o)

    Tania

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  10. Beautiful, Anne--I love everything in your garden! Your Jardin signs make me want to try one--they are gorgeous. We've had a surprisingly warm spring here, interspersed with the usual rain, but less rain than normal, which is weird. We had a bunch of winter cleanup, and just a lot of construction-type repairs--as you so well know, when you've lived in the same place for a while, in a wet environment, outdoor wooden features eventually need to get replaced, and this was the year for it. I've been super busy starting a new little job and starting rehearsal for summer and fall Shakespeare--I'm either out in the garden or memorizing, but I hope to get a new gardening blog post up soon, one of these days! I finished containers and hanging baskets last week, and we're working away on the veggi beds--some are done, but still a long way to go. The neighbor's chickens like to come over and visit our yard, which I like, but I think we'll have to put chicken wire up around the lettuce bed this year!

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  11. It's lovely to see your garden again and that spring has finally arrived for you. Your tulips and crab apple tree look lovely. Don't plant large grasses in your garden. Twinkle loves hiding in them and jumping out at us just as we are wedding it gives us such a shock! I love your potting bench new look and the signs. I had saved some wood to do something similar I haven't seen it for a while! I hope hubby hasn't thrown it away! Sarah x

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    1. Max has already found multiple hiding spots, he is always spooking me - inside and out!

      I hope you share your bench when it's done! (make him go find that wood now!!!)

      xox

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  12. Your garden is so pretty!! I love your flower bed - I always have trouble choosing what to plant, but you have a beautiful selection of colours and sizes.

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  13. Everything looks so lovely! I love that door. We've been so busy doing garden clean up too, and it feels great to be working outside.Your crab apple tree is amazing!!

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  14. Looks great! I too have been working away in my garden trying to get it looking good for the summer holidays. It is such great therapy!!

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  15. I love this outdoor space! I especially like how you used the old door for a gate! I so want to do that!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Shelia
    www.houseofhighlands.com

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    1. Thank you Sheila! I'm so glad I could use that door!!!

      Have a great day!

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  16. Hi Anne .. Love the tulips and the crab apple tree really add to the landscape. Wish we could grow tulips and if we could, I am sure the deer would love them. Drought tolerant is what we try to plant. We have gotten four inches of rain in the last two days so that will jump-start a nice Spring for us.
    You garden gate looks great ... how smart you are to use a door. You Max is beautiful.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  17. Anne, I love you garden and your signs. That door/gate is wonderful and the flowering crabapple is so pretty. Your pictures are awesome by the way! I cannot wait to dig into the landscaping here...of course it will be in the heat of the summer because we ended up so far behind.

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  18. I love your planting station. Wish I had room for one. So cute!

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  19. It's always exciting to see the new bulbs bloom!
    What a unique garden gate. I never would've thought of using a door!

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  20. Looking great, Anne! Two of my favorite things - turquoise and tulips = I loved all of your pretty pics!! :-)

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  21. Anne, You have been so busy. Your garden looks so beautiful! I love the door you made into a garden gate,
    great idea! Of course, I'm in love with your Le Jardin sign. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  22. Your projects always bring a smile to my face. Always charming and so much character. Love that door!

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  23. Beautiful garden! I love your "gate" too. ;)

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  24. love your garden photo's especially those tulips! thank you for sharing over at this weeks garden party at Fishtail Cottage! xoxo, tracie

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  25. Isn't it so exciting to get spring garden cleanup done? I always love the look of the fresh topsoil spread out after weeding... Your garden looks so lovely!

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  26. your garden is beautiful - inspiring me to get outdoors and take care of mine!

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    1. Thanks Angie! I'm glad I could inspire you!

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  27. It's all so beautiful, but I'm not going to lie: his lordship is my favorite part!
    :) Elena

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  28. Gorgeous spring garden and love that door turned gate! I had pink Angelique tulips at my previous home and loved them. Here the deer just munch them away so I stick to Daffodils. I think that plant is spurge, but not positive. Looking lovely! Visiting from Tracie's Garden Party.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  29. Oh you have a gorgeous yard and garden...love that spectacular crab apple tree....and you put a roof on that potting bench!...you are simply amazing!....and love that you used a door for your garden gate ... you must awe your neighbors when they see you at work!..cannot believe you painted so much the past weekend...did you have time to sleep????....love the "signature aqua"....and his "lordship" does actually look very royal!!!

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  30. Your garden is looking terrific. Love the tree out the front and your gate.

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  31. Hi Anne, I love your potting bench! Great idea using an old door for a garden gate. Hope you're having better weather in BC than we've been getting in Alberta.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  32. I Love your adorable house, garden with gorgeous flowers, tulips are my favorite flower. You do such incredible things when you want something for your house. Love roof on your potting bench, so smart. You do such a great job of everything you make. Good for you, not needing a male person to make things for you. I'm not allowed to use hubs power tools, my depth perception is really bad and not much strength in hands. You are a miracle worker in all you do. Happy weekend

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    1. That has to be one of the nicest comments I've ever gotten, thanks so much! xox

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  33. Your garden is looking beautiful Anne! I'm so thankful that it's gardening season once again!

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  34. Oh Anne, your garden looks lovely! Even your sweet friend there looks like he's enjoying it. My favourite has to be the gate out of an old door, what a great DIY project!

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  35. Your garden is looking wonderful Anne. I love your potting table and new garden gate too. Don't you love the surge of energy we get when the weather finally warms up and we can spend weekends in the garden.

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  36. Featuring your pretty garden tomorrow at the August launch of Every Room In The House. Thanks for sharing, Anne. xxx ~ Nancy

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