Archive for April 2008

Spring Color   Leave a comment

I like this color combination at my neighbor’s house.  Allysum Basket of Gold needs a wall or hill to tumble over, like it is here.  Unfortunately, I don’t have either on my property, so I haven’t put any in, although I do think it’s very cheery in the spring.

Posted April 30, 2008 by cindyeo in Alyssum, bulbs, garden

Bradford Pear Trees   3 comments

The flowering pears in my area are gorgeous this year.  Look at them lining this street in a nearby town.  I assume these are Bradford pear trees.  I’ve planted some Chanticler pear trees in my backyard, after looking at some photos in a Penelope Hobhouse book.  Here’s what they look like now, I’m hoping to keep these pruned so they stay small, the variety is supposed to be narrower and more columnar than the Bradfords.  They’re so small now you can hardly see them.

Posted April 28, 2008 by cindyeo in garden, pear tree

Shrinking Violets   Leave a comment

Don’t I wish they were shrinking.  I love to look at violets in the spring, but they are invasive.  Having never had them on my property before, when I bought this property, I purposely left them in a few clumps in my garden.  Well, thousands of violets later, I’ve learned my lesson.  So last summer I tenaciously dug up as many as I could, and this spring I’ve vowed to deadhead or pick every last violet that blooms.  I do love the way they look at the bottom of my granite steps, but I’m afraid they’ll become too big, so after these finish blooming they’ll have to go.  If anyone has any advice on how to enjoy A FEW violets, please leave me a comment.

Posted April 27, 2008 by cindyeo in garden, violets

Sailboat Narcissus   3 comments

These are “Sailboat” narcissus.  This is the first year I’ve had them and I really like them.  Because the petals really bend back, they do look like little sails blowing in the breeze.

Posted April 24, 2008 by cindyeo in bulbs, daffodil, garden

Spring Bulb Color   2 comments

Here is the first version of my spring windowbox.  Last fall I planted lots of bulbs in 2 windowbox shaped tubs and kept them in the unheated garage all winter.  Had to cover them with newspaper in the late winter, as they started to emerge a little too soon.  Right now you can see the hyacinth, Pink Pearl, and narcissus, Pacific Coast.  Then I added a couple blue pansies from 6 packs that I bought this spring. There are also tulips that will bloom a little later.

Posted April 19, 2008 by cindyeo in bulbs, color combination, daffodil, garden, hyacinth, windowbox

Make Me Smile   2 comments

For about a week or two every spring I can’t help but smile no matter what mood I’m in when I drive by this mass of daffodils planted by some very nice people all along the golf course in my town.  It’s a beautiful sight and adds a little sunshine to my day no matter what the weather.

Posted April 12, 2008 by cindyeo in bulbs, daffodil, garden

California Dreamin’   Leave a comment


Since it’s still pretty cold in my New England yard, and there’s not all that much to look at, I’m still dreaming of my trip to California. These 2 photos were snapped in Santa Monica, when we were walking around and kind of lost. But you can always find something good in any adventure and I discovered these 2 hidden gardens.

Posted April 9, 2008 by cindyeo in color combination, garden