May is a beautiful time on the mountain top, when the earth is just beginning to truly warm up and we finally see spring starting to pop through.
I love seeing the new growth every single day as I walk about my garden. It's such a promise of things to come!
We have had rain, rain, and more rain for the past week. And today they are predicting...guess what....more rain!
Things on the ground are definitely starting to green up and grow rather quickly.
The daffodils I planted by the entrance path and up the garden steps are all in bloom now. They are like little rays of sunshine welcoming me home each day!
The Hostas are starting to peek their pointy little heads out here, there, and everywhere.
The lilacs are coming into bud - I'm so glad we didn't lose all the buds with that last crazy cold spell!
The trees haven't leafed out just yet.....
...but they sure are trying!
The green haze is starting to creep into the forest in spots - what a lovely sight for these winter weary eyes.
There are wild mushrooms popping up in my perennial bed. I'm not a mushroom person and I definitely can't identify them.....can you?
I would never take a chance on eating them without knowing 100% what they were.
The daffodils that surprised me by the garden cottage are all in bloom. They contrast nicely with all the pink and white flowers I added to the new garden bed. It's still quite sparse, as many of the things I added are perennials that are just beginning to emerge from dormancy. When the garden fills in more I'll give you a proper tour.
There are many, many ferns unfurling in the new garden bed - they will fill in the bed very nicely for sure.
I added a crooked little birdhouse on a post in a corner of the bed. Looks like the mums from last fall aren't coming back, so they will need to be yanked out of that corner and replaced.
The azaleas look lovely now when they are new....but in reality they hate me. I don't even know why I keep trying!
In the veggie garden, the garlic that survived the winter is doing great. Unfortunately, it seems I lost more than half of what I put in, due to growth spurts during the warm winter, and then heavy freezes killing the growth.
The lettuce I started from seed indoors has transitioned nicely to the veggie garden and is all doing well.
And the lettuce seeds I threw down in the veggie garden are starting to sprout - look at the different color sprouts!
The peas, radishes, spinach, red onions and leeks are all creeping along nicely.
Inside, the seedlings are going absolutely mad and can't wait to get outdoors. I'll be starting to harden them off after this weekend - it will be good to get them outside in the fresh air and (hopefully) sunshine!
The strawberries are not doing much as of yet. But the new leaves are green and healthy looking so that's a start.
The new berry bushes still sit in their pots waiting for the rain to stop so I can plant them.
They have many buds already, which is super exciting - perhaps I'll get fruit the first year!
There's a new tree waiting on the patio to be planted over the weekend. The Dogwood that does absolutely nothing is going home with Mom & Dad....I hope it's happy down in the valley, because it sure isn't one bit happy up here on the mountain top!
The established Ajuga is just beginning to bloom - I just love to mix different foliage colors and textures to make the garden really pop.
Just look at how lovely this contrast is! That's Creeping Jenny popping up among the green leaves....perhaps Catmint? I can't recall....
I like to pop in plants that have contrasting foliage throughout the garden. Even when things aren't blooming, they still provide interest and add life to the garden. The Dead Nettle ground cover above is a perfect example. Plus, it gets a lovely flower!
I did the same with the groundcovers I planted along the driveway retaining wall. The blue tinge of the Dianthus plays off nicely against the chartreuse leaves of the Bellflower.
And the red and green Hens & Chicks are a nice contrast in the center of the driftwood accent.
The Hens & Chicks are used in other areas of the retaining wall plantings as well, for continuity.
And a couple of different types of Dianthus popped in here and there also keep things flowing nicely.
I've slowly started to add a few accents to the garden, my favorite being this metal angel. I saw it first on Brenda's blog, Cozy Little House, and absolutely fell in love with it. Brenda was fortunate enough that a reader sent it to her as a gift. What a beautiful gift! Imagine my delight when I found it online - I ordered it immediately!
I'm not sure it will stay here in this location....we'll have to see if the critters keep knocking it over. But it will have a prime place in my garden, that's for certain.
An angel watching over the house and garden is a very good thing.
Speaking of critters, there were no robins to be seen in the new nest they made by the deck.
I spotted one of the robins having a nice breakfast of worms in the garden. That little fat robin must have eaten 5 big juicy worms in a row!
Then the robin joined it's mate in the Sumac tree. Maybe that's why there was nobody in the nest?
Meanwhile, the little monkey wants to know why the grass is so long when Mommy just cut it the other day.
And why does Mommy keep covering me in kisses?
Oh....and where's my ball? It's time to play!
That's what's going on in my early May garden.
What's happening in yours?