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Monday, March 19, 2012

It's Easy To Love A Garden In The Spring

Everything is fresh and new

Colors are richer

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'~a few blooms survived the deer
Every bloom is a treasure to be valued

Tiny flowers are worth the dirty knees to see them

Old friends pop up everywhere

The earliest blooming flowers feed the earliest visiting pollinators

Here today, gone tomorrow ephemerals pretty up the woodland

Bulbs planted in the fall burst forth

Yes, it's very easy to love a garden in the Spring.


Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone." She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.


  1. we toured the garden yesterday and we do have a few shoots - allium, scilla, chervil, bee balm, daffs and rhubarb, in addition to the blooming snowdrops.

  2. Except for a few lingering snowdrops, my garden still looks sere and brown. But I love those promising buds beneath the leaves. Happy almost-Spring, Gail!

  3. It is wonderful, Gail! The flowers are so cheerful, but the images are exceptional! Happy Spring, or is it summer?

  4. Your photos are excellent today Gail. Beautiful colors of Spring indeed.

  5. You're so right. There is much to love in the spring garden. Your photography skills are wonderful, Gail. You must have really had some wet knees after taking these amazing shots. The hairs on that white flower look so soft and touchable and the tiny water droplets on the Muscari are a work of art. My Magnolia is about ready to bloom too--a telltale sign of spring, despite the wintery weather we're getting. Cheers.

  6. My deciduous Magnolias are about done blooming. Love that picture of the Muscari with those little bubbles or droplets of water. Very sweet. Happy Spring!

  7. Your photos are beautiful, Gail; thanks for muddying your knees to give us these wonderful close-up glimpses. Spring is my favorite time of the year, and I'm delighted each day to see something new blooming or some new green emerging from the soil. I hope you're getting a chance to sit in your purple chairs and enjoy this beautiful spring.

  8. Beautiful, wonderful photos!
    Here it seems like just overnight everything turned green and grew 6 inches!
    Wisteria gone wild is a common sight along the roads right now - just masses of purple climbing the trees beside the road.
    Happy gardening!
    Lea's Menagerie

  9. So true, Gail. Every spring teases me into thinking that almost anything is possible in my Central Texas garden. The reality of summer will be here before we know it...best to just live in our little bubble of bliss for the moment ;)

  10. The spring garden is a treat. Love all those colors and textures coming back into the garden. It is already hot here though. Crazy weather. I have PPPP popping up in my pea gravel path. Love it. I will give them a more suitable home when they get a little larger. The winter was so mild that the PPPP didn't die back. It was green all winter. Of course I think of you every time I look at this plant.

  11. Gail, what's not to love. Such a beautiful Magnolia blossom - our stellatas look so bedraggled. Will have to see if they sell Centennial around here. The fuzzy Hepatica - absolutely and completely worth the dented knees. We're having record warm weather here. Very interesting - plants from 'away' have taken off. The natives seem to be operating on their own internal clock. My hepatica is just barely cracking the surface - but the Hamamelis Diane, is shedding 4 weeks ahead of time.

  12. Gail, thanks for sharing your beautiful spring garden. Yes, so much to love! Spring is my favorite season, though each season has its allure. All that color after so much gray and brown of winter. What's not to love?? ~~Rhonda

  13. Wonderful post...and you're so right about spring! There's a reason they say nature's first green is gold.

  14. Hasn't this (very early) spring just exploded! It seems like it was still 'winter' a week and a half ago, and then bam! Spring was here.

    Even though today was the first official day of spring, nature's timetable is on a different count.


  15. Beautiful, Gail ! There is no Spring here-Fall lasts into Winter, Winter into Spring and Spring into Summer and so there is something to enjoy all season, much to my delight.

    I see you still have me on your roll as being in Sweet Home Chicago - time to change it to Sweet Home Carolina :-)

  16. That is so true, so very true. But I love it almost equally in summer and fall. Winter...not so much.

  17. Lovely post! I agree with you. I am so excited that spring is here!

  18. Beautiful look at Spring. Your garden blooms brighten an Spring day, lovely photos.

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