April showers brought May flowers a little later this year. But now they are putting on their annual show, waking us all from the doldrums that set in over that long winter. Unfortunately, there was die-back in some of our hydrangeas and we lost all the butterfly bushes, a fig tree and a vitex. But with failure comes opportunity, and I’ll be putting in more native and hardy shrubs to replace them. A yellow-twig dogwood, another “Miss Kim” lilac, fothergillas and bridal wreath will take their places in the garden.
Yesterday I planted up the bike planter with trailing geraniums and sweet potato vine. The cheery polka-dotted and checkered ribbon streamers wave gently in the breeze.
Neighbor children are stopping by daily to visit the fairy garden in the front flower bed to investigate what the wee folk are doing. Those tiny occupants are very busy and have added on weekly to their little home on the wood.
The bees are now buzzing, the hummingbird feeders hung and birds are busy with their new broods. Everything is swathed in new spring green, fresh and new.