Monday, April 13, 2009

Garden in Bloom

So here’s what I’ve been spending my time on everyday - our garden. I took some photos this week so you can see what we have so far. This is the front of the yard. We are still working on moving the plants around.
Butterfly/Hummingbird/Wildlife garden in progress

Mixed perennial border

Backyard (Serviceberry in bloom)

As you can see we only have a few trees left. There used to be plenty of trees behind the fence until some business developer decided to cut down the trees to build an office building. I wish they had left a few. Below are some photos of plants that are in bloom in the garden right now.

Serviceberry (Amelanchier Canadensis)

Lovely fall color and delicious berries. Birds love them and so do I. Berries can be made into a pie or jam.

Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis)

Although considered a weed in most places, this perennial is great in salad, sautéed or steamed. They are also a vital source of nectar and pollen for the honeybees. Harvest leaves in early spring before they start flowering; also, in the fall after frost when their bitterness is gone.

Another misunderstood plant. This “weed” is edible and has variety of uses: astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, purgative, styptic and tonic. It’s rich in vitamins, iron and fiber. Flowers and leaves are also used as tea.

Also in bloom are:

Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata)

Purpleleaf Sandcherry (Prunus x cistena)

Viburnum (Korean Spice Viburnum)

Spirea (Not in bloom but I thought the foliage is lovely)

Tulips and other bulbs (Anemone, Allium, Hyancinth and Daffodils - not shown)

And this is Snuggles, she oversees all the work.

Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.”

~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty

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