May flowers

April Showers bring May flowers 

Rhododendron, daffodils, and the tiny grape hyacinths

Rhododendron, daffodils, and the tiny grape hyacinths

What lovely surprises for this first spring in my new home. When I moved in last August, the first outdoor task I tackled was finding that rhododendron bush. It had been taken over by a deadly nightshade vine. I also had nightshade climbing around in my lilac bushes.

This little garden was full of grass and quack grass but I didn't have time to tackle it until  November which happened to be an extraordinary warm month in 2015. I worked on it with a shovel, trying to have some care with the bulbs I found and planting them in clusters. However, white with yellow star-shaped crocuses are living within my peonies so obviously I wasn't totally successful but it's all lovely.

The daffodils were a housewarming gift from a friend. As they popped up, they reminded me that I hadn't seen her for a couple of months and she only lives 1.5 hours away from me. So we met last week to explore a city located between us: for lunch, a walk on a bike trail, and some sit-down serious conversations along a river and continued in a local coffee/tea/chocolate shop.

While on the bike trail we saw white trilliums, marsh marigold and...is there such a thing as crocuses that grow wild? That picture is exactly what they look like, with the dark pinstripe within their tiny petals. 

Enjoy this first week of May and breathe!