This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, April 11, 2011

spring! finally - flowers in my yard

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These are the flowers blooming in my yard this week. I planted 50 of the bright yellow waterlily tulips (top) in my front yard last fall and they're in full bloom now. The bright cerise Batalini tulips (bottom left) are at my community garden plot. I love early tulips! They open in the sun and close when its cloudy. I'm so happy to see them after a long and snowy winter.

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I bought a tray full of bright little violas to plat in the big pots in my back yard for a cheerful view from my kitchen window.


Anonymous supreme growers said...

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April 12, 2011 12:36 AM

Blogger Wendy said...


I've noticed you use the word plat here. You used it on the "work day" post, too. Is that a gardening term? Or did you mean to say plant? I'm a novice gardener so I take nothing for granted. I love johnny-jump-ups and am never disturbed to find them where they're not planted. The cerise has beautiful color!

April 12, 2011 8:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those violas are just so beautiful! They are definately one of my favorites!!

April 12, 2011 10:56 AM

Blogger Sue Swift said...

Hi Cathhy,
love the pansies - my favourites for this time of year.
Came over to tell you I found some of your posts today - but not here. They were on along with a lot of mine and other stuff I couldn't identify. I've left a rude comment on each of mine about illegality.

April 12, 2011 1:30 PM

Anonymous Bethany said...

Beautiful flowers!

April 12, 2011 2:12 PM

Anonymous bethany said...

I also added you to the list of garden blogs on my site: So It Grows.

I particularly enjoyed the "Bird's Eye View" slideshow of your garden. Lovely.

April 12, 2011 2:19 PM

Blogger Jezibels ~ said...

It's all about the view from the kitchen window for me too! Im always trying to improve it! So I had a garden window installed ; )

April 12, 2011 4:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm intimidated by your blossom count at this time of the year, but... love your galanthus and it's blooming at the same time as crocuses and early tulips? It must be just lovely.

April 12, 2011 5:35 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Patricia, Yes, many things at the same time this year. I think because of all the snow. The Hellebore and Galanthus usually bloom in the winter, but didn't bloom this year until the snow melted. Since we had 3-4 feet in my yard 'til mid March, everything started blooming together in April.

More day by day. daffodils are popping now.

April 12, 2011 8:33 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Sue, I enjoyed looking at that link (not). These things pop up now and then and I think there's not much we can do. I think most people can figure out the real site and these clones aren't worth our time to worry about.

April 12, 2011 8:37 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Wendy, "Plat" is a top secret word, ;-) it is garden jargon for typing the word 'plant" too fast. I should go back and fix it, but will leave it now. I wonder why spell-checker didn't catch that??

April 12, 2011 9:05 PM

Blogger Jody said...

I'm always excited about what new pictures you're taking. They're great. I know it being spring and all helps a bunch, but thanks for sharing with such a great eye for beauty. Thanks for the boost!

April 12, 2011 9:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had a paucity of snow this year, and my hellebore, the Lenten variety, has been blooming merrily through... Lent! I fear that trying a Christmas rose here would be a hiding to nothing.

April 13, 2011 3:18 PM

Blogger L. Ambler said...

I love the tulips, particularly the lovely water lily tulips. I am a new follower to your blog.

April 13, 2011 10:42 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

Wow, is that annoying to see that plagiarism site. What is the matter with those people.

I always feel that it detracts a little from photos to put a copyright statement on them, but maybe for awhile...

Did anything happen about that other site that was copying you a year or two ago? The one where the guy seemed to be running stuff through a translator and then reversing it?

April 14, 2011 6:39 AM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

I forgot, I started to ask what the flowers were to the left of the snowdrops?

April 14, 2011 6:40 AM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

Oh, hellebores, duh.

April 14, 2011 6:42 AM

Blogger kathy said...

That other site has an entirely new format - no more plagiarism - last I looked.

April 14, 2011 3:04 PM

Anonymous said...

The tulips are a wonderful color for this time of year. They are cheerful and just plain beautiful.

April 15, 2011 10:33 PM


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