April 2016 in White Pines
April 2016 in White Pines
I took a walk yesterday around the neighborhood with my camera in hand. Though our Spring is just about always variable (one day bright, warm and sunny then raining cold even snowy the next) we do get our share of gorgeous blooms in April. I am glad I did this yesterday, this morning I am looking out my window and there are big, sloppy snowflakes falling. But that is fine, we need the precipitation. The Godzilla El Nino turned out to be more like Pee Wee Herman and we are still in a drought. This is an old neighborhood, established in 1938 by logging families and many of these plants were actually planted back in the 40’s. This one above, I am thinking it is Flowering Quince, is in many yards and brightens up a dull day with its gorgeous red flowers.
I love how these windflowers have naturalized along this fence. They are blooming at the foot of a gorgeous Lilac, see this post on the Lilacs of White Pines…they are not blooming right now but very soon they will be filling the air with their sweet perfume.
Muscari have naturalized all around this one home. It is a vacation home right now but the folks that bought it recently are planning on retiring here. The do keep the place well maintained. This is the front lawn. It is a small patch of lawn and I am thankful they have let the Muscari just do its thing. When it is time to mow they are all done blooming and you never know they were even there.
Some have even migrated outside the front fence, tough little rascals, they get no water here and come up in the rocks.
They have also naturalized in the back orchard along with Daffodils.
The daffodils are at their peak in White Pines, mine are a little mud spattered from the rain but lovely none the less. Don’t ya love the red of the outbuilding.
And the old blue garden cart…
White Pines is filled with fruit trees, it is why we get so many bears come Fall. Right now the Apples and Pears are just loaded with blossoms. This one is a delicious Pear.
They are so pretty, I am going to have to paint them.
The apples are just as enchanting…
This is a very tasty variety too..
Sadly I don’t know what this yellow plant is called but it is a spark of yellow in many gardens around the neighborhood.
And this Bridal Wreath Spirea is just filled with white, I think the name is so apropos.
Though I have to say this apple tree is giving it a run for the money.
There are some plum trees blooming too with bright pink flowers but I failed to get any shots of those. This post is already so loaded with photos I probably have overwhelmed most that dropped by for a visit.
I have visited this garden many times and have failed to notice this sweet little rock garden filled with Hens and Chicks. I love it and plant on doing something similar against my front block wall.
I went as far as the lake to see how it is faring. Last Fall it was so empty you could walk across it on dry ground, thankfully it has filled with the rains and snows we did get this winter.
Have a fabulous Spring Day…next week it is supposed to get into the upper 70’s so you know where you will find me….yep, in the Garden!
thank-you for sharing your lovely Springtime photos !
I enjoy it immensely so I can honestly say it is my pleasure!
Beautiful photos. I love the spring blooming season in our neighborhood. Even the Mountain Misery is beginning to get lots of white flowers.
We have 3 apple trees in our yard planted by previous owners. Pretty much the only time I see bears is in the fall. At the perimeter of our yard, I planted some Ribes. Those currant berries probably will invite bears, also. If it gets to be problematic, I will prune them after flowering.
Yep, that is a Flowering Quince. Nasty needle-like thorns make it a challenge to prune. But the flowers are beautiful . Last year, as an experiment, I grafted some Bartlett Pear scions onto mine. This year, the pear twigs have the starts of green leaves. Maybe I’ll see blossoms next year.
I’m planting my garden edibles using companion gardening techniques. So, quite a bit of time has been spent online researching what to plant next to what. Yesterday, I planted garlic around my roses. blueberry bush, and grape vine. Nasturtium and garlic also went around my baby Apricot tree and chives are growing under my grow lights indoors to put around my fruit trees. Time will tell if all this work pays off. 🙂
Last summer I really had to be on my game to keep the bear from getting all my peaches and this year I think a freeze got most of the blossoms so I doubt I will get many if any at all. But that is more typical than what I had last year. Thanks for letting me know it is Quince. I have a pear tree but the deer usually get them before they are ripe, I want to espalier it along with my apricot tree but I will have to get help digging them up to move. Or it may be more practical to just buy a couple more.
We are being brave, eh, planting fruit trees for the bears. 🙂
Since White Pines is already filled with fruit trees I figure my few are not encouraging them anymore than without. That’s my theory anyways. 😀
Thank you Michele, I love where we live.
Spring flowers are so beautiful and so inspiring! I especially love seeing daffodils that have naturalized. The last time I drove through Oregon and Washington state in the spring, I loved seeing the cheery daffodils lining many of the roads. Your photos remind me of that trip – thanks!
You are most welcome. I can’t wait for the next batch of flowers around here, it will be Lilacs. There are tons of heirloom lilacs planted all over this neighborhood and it smells like heaven when they bloom. We had squirrels that dig up the daffs and tulips and rebury them all over. I have some coming up across the street from me in the forest. I know I didn’t plant them there and my neighbor did not either so it has to be squirrels. But they look so pretty there so we don’t mind. I should dig up some of the grape hyacinths and put them over there too, they may fill in pretty too.
I have meant to do that with these fruit trees since I bought them 3 years ago and it seems like I keep putting it on the back burner.
Luv all these beautiful pics. I am so ready to get my hands in the dirt and do some planting. Enjoy your nice temps and planting.
It has been just gorgeous, a high of 75 today, garden weather for sure. I am enjoying the wee bit of time I get in the garden here and there but with all this bright sun I am also wanting to tackle the house, you can really see the cobwebs when the sun shines. 🙂
I am brand new to your website (saw you on Hometalk tonight) and I absolutely love it so far! I was going to ask if maybe the beautiful yellow blooms in this post are forsythias? We had a gorgeous huge bush in the backyard of our old house and I loved it. I live in Seattle and we have a huge wisteria that’s taking over our fence while, directly in front of it, a fragrant, heavenly-scented American rose (I think?) bush is blooming wildly and producing amazing fuschia colored blooms. The scents of the two of them on a warm evening is pretty close to what I think Heaven would smell like! Our lilacs have bloomed and gone already-unfortunately they weren’t planted in the best spot and don’t get enough sun. We have lavender and white flowers. (We rent our home and inherited all of these wonderful flowers!) I plan on building a couple trellises this summer, placing one on each side of our covered front porch and planting a clematis on one side and another wisteria on the other this fall. Can’t wait!
Thank you for sharing your expertise and the beautiful photos!
Welcome to my corner of the world (my website). I do think it is forsythia but not certain. I am working on a post on rooting Lilacs from suckers so you might consider potting up some from the plants you have. That way you could take them with you if you had to move. I can just imagine the lovely perfumes you are gifted with. I have mostly David Austin roses and they are very heavily perfumed, so I know what you mean. I love sharing my garden and adventures in it so you are most welcome.