Gardens Eye Journal-April 2012

“Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.” ~Ellis Peters

For the gardening season, I will be trying to keep a garden journal once a month.  I thought it might be nice to incorporate it with my poetry and change Gardens Eye Verse posts to Gardens Eye Journal during the gardening season on the first Monday of each month.

I was inspired even more to continue my garden journal by The Sage Butterfly.  She has an outstanding garden journal on the first of each month.  I apologize for the length of this post as there is lots going on already at the end of March and the beginning of April.

There are loads of memes at this time of the month too, and I will be checking in with a few:  Walk in Garden@This Grandmother’s Garden, First View@Town Mouse & Country Mouse; Garden Bloggers Harvest Day (GBHD)@The Gardening Blog and End of Month View with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog.



Gardens Eye Verse

I am starting this post with a bit of my own poetry.  April is National Poetry Month.  At they get you in the mood with 30 ways to celebrate this month of poetry.  I plan to add some original poetry to some of my posts throughout the month as a way to celebrate.  Writing poetry for me is such fun and a great way to engage my creative brain.  If you have not given it a try you should.


Snow retreats,

while armfuls of green stems stretch out.

Toward skies of deep blue,

chill winds blow strong.

Yellow faces waving,

bright smiles beam toward the sun.

Rejoice-the daffodils are up!

Donna Donabella



Weather Report

To say March was a crazy month is putting it mildly.  It started with snow, wind, cold and quickly changed to May type temps in the 70s to summer like temps in the 80s.  We had several record breaking highs in the 80s.  My garden started blooming so fast you couldn’t blink or the early spring bulbs would burst into bloom and be gone.  Even these lilacs started putting out flower buds.  And just when I was lamenting that spring was too hot, too fast and that I wanted my cooler days back, suddenly last week Mother Nature granted my wish.

Our weather quickly changed to 40s during the day and 30s and 20s at night.  We had a hard freeze with 18 degree temps.  I was sure I would lose lots of flowers.  I even covered the lilacs.  But most things came through unscathed for now.  We continue to have these cold temps, but we are due for April daytime temps in the 50s and 30s at night.  I am savoring this slow crawl through spring.  My back garden clean up took 5 hours but it was so enjoyable in the 40 degree cool temps.  No weeding yet although I may be overrun soon with some weeds.  I hurt my knee a month ago when I fell on a slippery floor at work.  It is healing, but I am not allowed to kneel.  So no kneeling means no weeding.


What’s Growing



I was overjoyed to see bloodroot (pictured here) and hepatica starting to unfurl their flowers.  But my goodness this is still 3 if not 4 weeks early.  With the freeze I was sure they would not survive, but here they are.

This native honeysuckle is even budding and will probably flower with the warmer temps set for the week ahead.  This is actually good news for the hummers who I suspect will also be showing up early. 


Front Gardens 

I thought with the colder weather, the garden would slow down even more than it has.  As I was out cleaning up, I found astilbe, echinacea, roses and clematis leafing out.  Here is how the front garden looks.  Lots leafing, but mostly daffs and hyacinths blooming slowly.  It is so chilly you can’t even smell these blooms.  Been very dark and gray so these pictures are not the best.

Front walk garden

The forsythia here is a dwarf creeping variety.  I love this one and it will be the only one I keep.  Great performer.  The dwarf willows already have some flowers and will leaf out once it warms up a bit more.


Front Walk close ups

Scilla, hyacinths, Glory of the Snow and daffs blooming with lots of columbines putting out foliage.  Even tall phlox and delphiniums growing steady here.  The variegated weigelia bushes just started to show some leaf buds.


More Front Walk close ups

This side of the walk has those amazing hydrangeas that were showing new growth.  Half survived the freeze.  Irises, creeping phlox (getting flower buds), primrose, grape hyacinths and hardy geranium all growing strong.


Continued Front Walk close ups

Here we are close to the front step.  Lavender still beautiful and fragrant, with an exotic violet, hyacinth, Puschkiniacolumbine, and Oriental poppy.


Back Gardens 

There are some lovely flowers blooming in the back gardens.

I love this display of color in the back corner near the stump.  As soon as the crocus and iris reitculata are done then the scilla, daffs and hyacinths take over.


This is actually on the sunny side of the house.  The hellebore is a transplant from my garden at the old house, and I have no idea of its name.  It is getting huge and I will need to divide it.  Actually many of my hellebore are flowering and looking lovely.  Next year they will be even more stunning.  There is a close up of its flower at the beginning of the post.



These tulips will finally bloom this week with some others if the deer stay away.  I keep spraying them but they have eaten some already.



I love these small corydalis around the trees.  They were unfazed by the recent freeze and continue to bloom in the cold weather.


Pulmonaria are blooming all over and sporting new leaves.  They also made it through the freeze, but the brunnera have some foliage that are brown at the edges.




While I was able to clean up around the pond garden, I still have to clean up some of the plants at the edge of the pond.  Still too much algae in the pond but we are working on it.  I did hear a frog last week, but have not seen or heard him since the cool down.  I hope to see frogs soon.  The covered beds near the fence are the veg beds planted with cool weather veggies.  You can also see piles of garden debris on the grass.  The garden helper assures me it will be picked up Monday.


I cannot get over how fast the hardy pink water lily is growing.  Ready to welcome frogs and toads.


Veg and Berry Gardens

The veg garden was planted in mid March.  It has been slow to grow with the cool weather, but seeds have sprouted.  I wasn’t expecting this surprise in the new veg bed below.  I thought I had removed everything from this area.  These bulbs are growing through paper and a foot and a half of soil.  I will be removing them once they bloom and planting them beside the bed.



I planted lots of radishes.  They are doing great and if it had not cooled down I would be harvesting them in another week.  Still the harvest will be amazing.  I will be putting down a natural deterrant to slugs this weekend otherwise they will consume the garden.


 These pole beans are my first attempt at growing this vegetable.  They are in the new bed, and  growing in front of a new trellis.  On the other side of the trellis are peas.  They have broken through as well.  All veg beds will remain under cover for at least another 6 weeks until all danger of frost is gone.  We have had snow in mid May and the covers have saved my garden.


 The raspberries are adoring the cold snap.  The canes I moved throughout the back corners and on the back side of the veg beds are growing strong.  I am hoping for a good harvest compared to last year’s dismal yield.  The blackberry is leafing out and the 6 or so blueberries seem to continue their budding up although I was worried they would be damaged in the freeze.  We shall see how they do this year.




 As you can see the meadow is starting to green up.  Daffs and Glory of the Snow dot the landscape.  I need to do a bit of clean up here being careful to not disrupt any small critters that may be hibernating still.  I also have to do some seeding and weeding.  That will happen this coming weekend.



 As you can see we have many critters posing for pictures albeit some are staying far to the back meadows.   The main star was the 3 ft garter snake that came around 1 week ago.  I was shocked to see him around the pond.  Needless to say he is too big to stay at our pond so he was moved.  I did a whole post about him at Beautiful Wildlife Gardens last Tuesday.  The deer are beginning to come out more and we are finally seeing turkey vultures.  Bumblebees woke up March 31st even though it was only 40, and began to buzz around a bit.  There are a pair of robins who frequent the front gardens and I am hoping they are eyeing the nest in the tree we left in hopes that another robin family would move in this year.  The black blur in the right hand corner is as close as I could get to a picture of the many red-winged blackbirds in the meadow area.




So here we are with the seed growing station in my basement going strong.  Top right are the newest seeds sown; 7 varieties of marigolds.  I went shopping the other day for something I needed for Easter, and instead found a portable green house; 4ft by 3ft by 3ft.  Four shelves with a plastic cover that zippers open.  Just what I need for the next step as I move some trays outside this coming weekend.  Violas, pansies, snapdragons, and alyssum are headed out soon to grow a bit more and harden off.  I have found the perfect spot for the greenhouse on the patio where it will get morning sun, afternoon shade and can be wheeled into a protective area in the event of high winds.

Lots more flowers and the start of a few veggies to be sown indoors as we approach the weekend.  I promise to share, in a future post, my veg garden plans and the spreadsheets I created for companion planting and when to sow the seeds indoors and out.


This seedling was a surprise I stumbled upon as I was cleaning up near the spent sunflowers.  Yes it is a sunflower.  There are actually 3 in a row.  These were planted with the others last year but they never germinated.  I was shocked to see them growing in late March this year.  It just goes to show you, you never can tell what will happen in the garden.  Perhaps this is a good omen of things to come this year.



Next up on the blog:  Next Monday I will have a book review for Michelle @The Sage Butterfly’s Earth Day Reading Project and a bit early for Holley@Roses and Other Gardening Joys Garden Book Review on the 20th.   On the 16th it will be a GBBD post and I hope to parade lots more blooms.  The 23rd will be time for another post in my Simply the Best series that ties in with Diana@Elephant’s Eye, and Gail@Clay and Limestone’s Wildflower Wednesday.  I will be featuring my Wild Lupines.  And lastly it will be time for another Word 4 Wednesday with Donna@Garden Walk, Garden Talk.

As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.  So drop by to check out all the blooms this Friday.  Also linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme.  It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.

I hope you will join me for my weekly posts, every Tuesday, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden.

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  1. Alistair says:

    Donna, so much fantastic stuff going on in your garden. I bet carolyn of shade garden could name that Hellebore for you. That is unbelievable temperatures, so high in March. We are expecting the first snow of the year tomorrow, arriving just on cue as my eldest daughter and her family from England come to stay with us for a few days. I am just waiting for the comments, (frozen north this is, why don’t you come down south and live beside us) ah well we are used to it all. I wont take you up on the poetry thing, my rhyming stuff wouldn’t be fit for publication. Love the front of your house, is that a new england look.

    • Donna says:

      Sorry to take so long to comment back…yes it is a type of New England style called a colonial. Similar to what the colonists build here in the 1700s. Ours is rather small for a colonial but we love it and it is the perfect size for the 2 of us…hope you didn’t have too much snow…still cold here but the garden is waking up very slowly. Good so I can heal my knee more before I need to use it in earnest!!

  2. Donna says:

    Lovely tour, Donna. It is easy to keep posting images in Spring. So much is new and fresh. You are still a bit ahead of us here, but the topsy turvy weather is really having plants guessing.

    • Donna says:

      They sure are guessing Donna. My plants have slowed so not much new to take for pictures right now…I have to clean and plant the meadow and start to harden off my early frost tolerant pansies and violas…I need room for the tomato and peppers I will be starting…at least the cold is giving me time to take care of some other chores before I have to be full on outside with garden chores.

      • Donna says:

        Since you have so much blooming, have you been getting that wind we have been having. Yesterday it was bending young trees and today they expect the wind to be 45mph. My pear was flowering nicely and petals are flying today. I really do think weather is shifting. We have not had rain either, one day and not for very long. I bet the summer is a surprise.

        • Donna says:

          How timely your thoughts on the weather…I just finished my post (a bit late today) on being a more sustainable gardener because of climate changes…I fear we are in for many more surprises…we had gusts to 60 mph last night…more wind today 45 mph…overcast and the threat for rain but we also are very dry with fire warnings and some sparking yesterday in dry fields…cold and freezing at night, warming finally in the late afternoon, high winds, no rain….geesh..what will summer bring??

    • Donna says:

      Kate thx so much for the visit..this week got a bit busy so I am just now able to glad you enjoyed the slow spring garden!! I promise to visit your blog as well…

  3. The Sage Butterfly says:

    There is so much going on in your garden. The water lily pads are growing so large and look so inviting for frogs. All the blooms look beautiful. I have not seen any garter snakes lately, but I did run across a smooth earth snake. I am glad I did not hurt him as I was digging….just relocated him. Thanks for the mention about my garden notebook and the Earth Day Reading Project. It feels as if everything is coming alive now–the garden has emerged and we are ready to spend hours in it.

    • Donna says:

      The cold weather has continued to keep the frogs away…the pond has cleaned itself even more and I cannot wait for our first visible frog or toad guest!!

  4. tina says:

    Lots going on for sure but it is all so lovely. A garden journal post is an excellent idea too. That snake is too cool. It looks like spring has arrived for you.

  5. b-a-g says:

    So much in one post… My fave is the pulmonaria, it grows like a weed here, but I like the way each flowerhead has different coloured florets.

    • Donna says:

      It is a secret passion of mine too…I grew huge plants of pulmonaria in my old garden…I have it scattered here and hope they grow in…I just love the different variegated leaves as well…

  6. Liz says:

    Hi Donna,

    Wow, that really is a change to what you had only a few short weeks ago!

    I’m hoping my Lilac buds survive the coming sleet and potential snow here… It’s a dwarf Korean Lilac, but I don’t have anything to cover it with to protect the buds and no where to move it to really – it’s in a large pot at the moment.

    Your spring garden is looking lovely though and there’s plenty to see! 😀

    • Donna says:

      Liz I hope the lilacs came through it all OK for you…mine are still covered as we are getting nightly freezes here…I hope soon to have a bit more warmth at night for the plants so they can start to grow a bit more…

  7. Christine @ The Gardening Blog says:

    Hi Donna. How lovely everything looks in your spring garden. I love how you planted your daffodils – I am hoping to plant my bulbs better this year – I want mine to look the way yours do – all in a group. It makes such a lovely display.

    I can’t wait to see your pond wake up again – its one of my favourite parts of your garden.

    Your seed station looks a bit like an oven full of cookies and cup-cakes baking 🙂

    • Donna says:

      Christine you did make me laugh so with the oven comment…it was a perfect analogy too…my pond is clearing more but too cold for the frogs still to come out…

  8. Elephant's Eye says:

    cold and dark? Hopefully as spring settles in, your knee will be back in gardening mode. What are you doing about pond algae? After the rain biffed down, we had a sparkling reflection. For a day or so. We probably need to remove some of the underwater plants, but himself is defending the young dragonflies. Always a delicate balancing act …

    • Donna says:

      I know I worry about removing the weeds and algae too much as well to protect any little critters…we use a safe for wildlife algaecide and the filter also gets a daily cleaning…once the waterfall and pump are back on it does help to clean it…

    • Donna says:

      I agree Janet the overcast does help take many pictures…now it has been cold, sunny and dry…well it is spring and the weather changes in any 10 minute interval…glad you enjoyed the tour!

  9. dona says:

    Wow Donna, what a fantastic show! I’m in love with your hellebore plants and really admire your seed growing station! Enjoy your slow incoming spring.

  10. Ramblingwoods says:

    Oh my..I loved getting a look at your yard and pond. Even now everything looks so wonderful…sigh…I am so sorry you fell…not kneeling is a problem I know about and it does make things difficult so I have a garden helper too..I am so looking forward to when I don’t have to cover things up and move forward with more planting……Michelle

        • Donna says:

          Michelle that is too bad not to have control of the pond so you can be sure it is be managed right…planting the natives will help though…let me know when you get the plants and seeds…should come around Wed or TH

  11. HolleyGarden says:

    Sorry to hear about your knee. I can’t imagine how my garden would look if I couldn’t weed! :O I hope your knee recovers soon. Love your hellebores! So beautiful. And I’m impressed with your water lily. Mine takes a while to come out in the spring – yours looks anxious to give your frogs a spot to sit upon!

    • Donna says:

      That particular water lily is impatient and gorgeous…there is a smaller yellow one that takes its time to come out..this one is looking lonely without frogs…

  12. Lyn says:

    It was lovely to see around your Spring garden! That dwarf Forsythia looks wonderful and is a way of getting those incredible yellow blooms without taking up too much space the rest of the season. I have a double pink Hellebore similar to yours that is not doing very well. Maybe I’ll move it and give it another chance.

  13. Stacy says:

    Donna, wow–so much life and activity indoors and out! A far cry from last year at this time, as I recall… Your clumps of daffodils are gorgeous. I don’t have any in my garden and so enjoy seeing yours twice as much. And what beautiful foliage (and flowers, of course!) the corydalis has–I love delicate, maidenhair fern-type leaves like that. Your indoor seed set-up makes me think about next year… Unfortunately, I’m horrible at potting things up once the seeds get to a certain size, and they’re never happy with me after that. From what you’ve said in other posts, though, it’s really been a success for you–you really tackled that goal head-on!

    • Donna says:

      Stacy, that is my downfall with seeds…potting them up for the next stage and then getting them outside to harden off…we shall see how it goes…running out of room…some were supposed to be out already but with the cold I have held off…so glad the daffs have brought you enjoyment…I love them too and that corydalis is one of my favorite plants to see in the early spring!!

  14. Helen says:

    Thanks for the link to the EOMV post. I enjoyed my tour of your garden and especially the shot of your basement sowing zone which always intrigues me.

    It is exciting when it is all starting again after the winter.

  15. Sheila says:

    Lovely photos and glimpses of your garden… it feels like we’re three or so weeks ahead of schedule with spring, too. Like the seed-growing station! I’ve been growing a small number of seedlings under two desk lamps with compact fluorescent bulbs, but they don’t shed light evenly.

    • Donna says:

      I learn so much growing the seeds…it is satisfying although bringing them to flower or fruit is the ultimate goal…we shall see…our spring has slowed and is not as far ahead as it had been.

  16. Alberto says:

    Donna your seeds pictures always have this ‘pro’ look, it seems you have a real scientific laboratory in there! 🙂
    That bloodroot is wonderful, shame you still have frosts coming, I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

    • Donna says:

      Thx Alberto…I need luck to get through the nightly frosts and freezes…my seed station may look like a pro but we shall see how the seeds fair…the only nice thing about the spring has been my native bloodroot which usually blooms and disappears with in has stayed weeks now..

  17. Island Threads says:

    Donna you have a lovely lot of new life in your garden, I enjoy seeing the longer shots as well as the close ups, I was looking at your photo of your veg beds and thinking that’s not a vegetable then you explained, some plants have amazing tenacity and won’t be put down just as well or would have lost your lovely hyacinths, I spied the same narcissus as I saw in Abrichan, they are beautiful,
    I’m sorry to read you had a nasty fall, take care of your knee and don’t put any unnecessary strain on it, I hope it’s not too painful,
    lots of promise and lots to look forward to, just hope it dosen’t get too cold, I woke to a thin layer of snow and icy winds, the snow has gone but it’s still cold, Frances

    • Donna says:

      Still cold Frances…I was glad the hyacinths didn’t give up either since they are my favorite bulb of spring…my knee is healing and the cold is giving it more time to heal before I have to get out in earnest and plant or weed…

  18. Indie says:

    That’s quite a temperature change – I’m glad you didn’t loose too many flowers! Your garden looks like it’s starting to emerge quite beautifully. I love your helleborus! I also didn’t know there was a dwarf creeping version of forsythia. That sounds like a winner! I hope the weather gets less unpredictable and we can all enjoy some nice weather that’s not too hot!

    • Donna says:

      Thx Indie..I am hoping for the same ting..just a bit warmer would help but then again this weather is helping me get some other chores done…glad you liked the tour!

  19. Libby says:

    Donna- So much going on here I don’t know where to begin!!! First, great photo of the snake. I’m pretty sure he is smiling for the picture. Secondly love the pink lily pads. I did not know there WERE pink ones! Third I want to copy your basement seed growing station. Very cool. Thanks for the tour!!

    • Donna says:

      Libby he definitely was smiling for me…the lily pads do start out pinkish red and then turn to more green on top and red purple underneath with a pink flower..they are hardy to my cold zone…glad you liked the seed station..has worked well!!

  20. PlantPostings says:

    Wow, you and your garden are busy, Donna! Usually I like to get away from Wisconsin in March, but this year I feel like I missed out a bit by heading south for a week! Fortunately, we had “normal” April weather at the end of March–cool enough to hold the blooms in place, but not cold enough to nip the buds. The Crabapples are spectacular now! Your garden is beautiful! Thanks for the tour!

    • Donna says:

      Beth so sweet of you to say so…so far not much has been nipped but keeping the lilacs covered just in case..the constant freezes I think would eventually kill the flower buds…

  21. eileen says:

    Definitely spring in your yard, I love all the pretty flowers and your gardens. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing your nature scenes. Have a great day!

  22. dianne says:

    where do I begin!
    I love tulip buds, they’re so perfect and sweet
    the snake has a oddly friendly face
    your paving stones are beautiful
    I love your poem, especially the image of green arms outstretched
    wonderful post

    • Donna says:

      Dianne how nice of you to say so especially about the poem..the paving stones are real brick which I love…glad you had a chance to visit!

    • Donna says:

      it is nipping at the lilac that stays covered and the hostas that decided to come up early.. a few bulbs too but you are right…all in all it is doing OK with the constant frosts and freezes…grrr…any idea which hellebore I have?

  23. joey says:

    A beautifully crafted informative post … so enjoy your poetry (someday will share mine), dear Donna. With crazy life, have been lax even posting on my blog and such a joy to visit. But hello … the snake … I am such a wimp and pray that none visit me while I’m in the garden … surely, as I well know they are good, would hang up my garden gloves … forever! Aren’t I a wimp? (So far over 30+ ‘garden seein’ snake free’ years … and prayin’ it continues!) Spring ((hugs))

    • Donna says:

      Happy Spring are not a wimp…we all have our things we avoid 🙂 I do not like the voles in my yard….so glad you enjoyed the visit and especially the poem…I would love to read yours!!

  24. Christina says:

    You make me tired with everything that is going on in your garden. Do be careful of your knee, they can give problems for years after an injury. My husband is suffering from an injury he sustained more than 30 years ago. Make sure you get all the advice you can, and make sure the injury is written in your accident report book at work. Take care, Christina

    • Donna says:

      Christina thank you for all your well wishes and advice about my are right of happened at work and I have filled out all the proper paperwork…there isn’t much they pay for for very long…I have a wonderful acupuncturist that has helped me and is working to heal my knee so it will be right as rain soon…the cold weather forces me to slow down too so I should have more time to heal!!

  25. Rose says:

    Thank you for the tour of your garden, Donna–I enjoyed every minute of it! We have had such a warm spring and my garden is probably several weeks ahead of you, but I’ve had the same feeling that if you blinked, you’d miss something blooming. There’s a frost warning for tonight and tomorrow night, though, so I may be scrambling around putting blankets on everything tonight.

    Your hellebores are fantastic!

    • Donna says:

      Rose our frosts have been nightly now for almost 2 weeks…I am now waiting anxiously for more to bloom but they are waiting for warmer glad you enjoyed the visit to the garden!! Hope the frost did not claim any blooms for you…

  26. Barbie says:

    Your bulb flowers are all just beautiful – and in the meadow!
    The veggies are looking strong and the basement garden is amazing!! All snug and warm, they all look!

  27. Anna says:

    I really enjoyed my first visit to your blog and your garden Donna and will no doubt return. March was rather confused on this side of the pond too – behaving more like April. Hope that the weeds are considerate and do not grow too much whilst you are unable to kneel.

    • Donna says:

      Anna I adore your blog and am so pleased you could visit…I do believe the weeds are also waiting a bit for warmer weather although not for long…they seem braver than the flowers!

  28. Bernieh says:

    What a fascinating read. I just love your front garden, your pond area and the meadow area. So many beautiful plants, and some fantastic wildlife visitors as well. Your garden seems to have coped well enough with the changeable weather conditions, and how wonderful to see those little surprises out in your vegie garden.

    • Donna says:

      Bernie I am always pleased when folks visit and have a good time…your favorites are mine as well…we are hoping for warmer weather soon but the forecast is for cold weather to continue through next week…oh well eventually it will warm up around here..

  29. catmint says:

    The post wasn’t too long because it was so clearly laid out. I loved the poem and checked out the poetry website. It was great to see the lovely plants, as well as the seeds being started and nurtured. I’m always a sucker for wildlife, and I particularly liked the smile on that snake’s face.

    • Donna says:

      I am glad the post wasn’t too long…I am pleased you also enjoyed the poem…my snakes seem to love the garden and are frequent visitors…good thing I like them 🙂

  30. debsgarden says:

    I very much enjoyed the walk around your garden! Everything looks great! The unnamed hellebore is spectacular!Visitors to your home must take a while to get to your front door; there is so much to see in your beautiful front garden! I love seeing close-ups of flowers, but I always enjoy seeing an overview or long shot of a garden. Thanks! We also have returned to some cooler spring temperatures after some hot, humid days. It feels great!

    • Donna says:

      I do prefer the cooler temps although not this cold perhaps…glad you enjoyed the long views…yes folks do love to take a walk around and see what is blooming…I have a neighbor who looks over the fence from time to time…I have told them feel free to come inside and look…if you see a flower you like I am happy to share…not too many gardeners though on my street…

  31. Laura@PatioPatch says:

    gosh what a tour Donna- feel like I’ve really been round with you. Despite all that growth-arresting weather, so much still pushing on through. The corydalis are my spring favourites and really should invest in these
    p.s thanks for the nature notes prompt too – you are always so busy doing something!

    • Donna says:

      Once the weather warms we shall see how much I can keep up with Laura…trying to get caught up with big projects while the weather is cooler and my garden helper can handle it…the corydalis are a favorite of mine too…so glad you enjoyed the go around!

  32. Foxglove Lane says:

    My favourites were the deep dark tulips and I’m sorry to hear about the pesky deer! But part of me is so envious that you have deer so close to you! I also admit to feeling extremely lazy in comparison! Loving the poetry and your inclusion of it, yet another talent:~)

    • Donna says:

      It is a love/sometimes annoyed relationship with the deer…you are too kind about the poetry…I love to write it…it is a lovely challenge and I am glad folks enjoy it!

  33. PJ Girl says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your post! You have such a diverse garden and I’m looking forward to being a regular visitor to your gorgeous blog x

    • Donna says:

      Oh my how wonderful that you could visit and you enjoyed the tour…I too am enjoying your blog and will be by often to see how things are going!!

  34. Tatyana@MySecretGarden says:

    Donna, what a great report about your garden! You are so good! I mean in gardening and in blogging. Wonderful blooms! Love your corydalis especially, I have only blue corydalis. Thank you and Have a Happy Easter!

    • Donna says:

      Oh Tatyana that is so nice of you to say…I would love a blue one but never had much luck..may have to try a few again…Happy Easter and thx for visiting!

  35. Tootsie says:

    I am so far behind this week that I can’t even see straight!!! I am here now enjoying your share in my little party. Thank you so much for linking in this week!!! I hope to see you again soon!!! I am sharing this post on the Tootsie Time Facebook page! Hugs from Alberta Canada!!!
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  36. Aimee says:

    Love the bloodroot, tulips, hellebore, and your POEM! Everything is looking wonderful in your garden and I love your spirit – rejoice indeed!

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