Thursday, June 5, 2014

Outdoor flower decor...

 Ahhh, sweet spring!

This photo was taken two days ago through the dining room bay window.

The same view, exactly three months ago in early March. 
The summer view is soooooo much more appealing!

This is the view looking in the opposite direction through the bay window. The Major Wheeler honeysuckle vine we planted last year has now climbed to the top of the arbor!

It was only a couple of feet tall when we planted it last summer.

I'm so happy it took off. I wasn't sure if it would, because this isn't a very sunny spot.

But despite all odds, it is growing and budding, just as I'd hoped it would.

One more place for our hungry hummers to visit while visiting our yard!

We also planted a small Major Wheeler honeysuckle on both sides of the swingset deck last summer. It has climbed to the top of the framework, so hopefully we'll be surrounded by hummers when we sit out in the Adirondack chairs this summer!

I mean between the honeysuckle and the feeders, how can our tiny feathered friends resist stopping for a visit?

The vines are loaded with blossoms ...

...that are just starting to open!

Another beacon for our little hummer friends - the Calibrachoa on the plant stand on the deck. 

I finally got around to planting impatiens in the shed's window boxes. I'm really off to a slow start this year with my planting.

Out in the front yard, a hanging basket gets 'plopped' down in the whiskey barrel, as it does every year.

The irises are blooming in the rock garden next to the whiskey barrel...

... and the clematis has started blooming by the light post.

(the view from my studio office window)

It's so wonderful to welcome spring after the long New England winters (especially this past one!), even on rainy days like today!

I hope you all have a beautiful week!

Donna

15 comments:

Angela Harris said...

The Winter Picture verses the SPring photo is SO great! You did an amazing job making an oasis :)

Susan said...

Oh Donna...Everything looks LUSH! Don't you just love the profusion of green?

So honeysuckle is a good hummer-attractor? I have never seen a hummer in our yard. Have seen cardinals, orioles and a handsome blue colored bird with a long tail, though!

Your yard looks splendid! Susan

Merlesworld said...

It's funny when something takes off like that , you are not sure if it is even growing then off it goes I have a passionfruit like that.
Merle.......

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I'm loving spring as much as your. As fast as I feel I'm working I don't seem to be making much progress? The wind is blowing in through the windows with the wonder, unmistakeable smell of spring. Enjoy your day!

Terri said...

My parents had feeders to encourage hummers to their yard. The hummers are fun to watch since they are very territorial.

Love the orange Calibrachoa. Orange and blue look awesome together, by the way ;)

NanaDiana said...

Donna- Everything is looking just lovely there...so much better than it looked in March. I love your yard-it's really pretty- xo Diana

June said...

Donna, your view from your patio is so lovely! I love your deck so much.

Sacred Keep said...

What a glorious burst of colour in your garden, just lovely...WE are in winter here in Australia but I have irises blooming too!
...:)...
blessings

Melanie said...

What a beautiful view you have! I agree that it looks much better than winter. I love your honeysuckle...that's one plant I've never tried. Might have to look for that next time I go to the garden center! I have no luck with clematis - have tried it in a couple of spots. Don't know if it's our soil or not enough sun - or both!

Peggy Sue said...

Oh Oh I love your garden's porches, yards...and I love the windy path that leads to....could it be your front door??? Honeysuckle??? oh i need to get one of those..I love things that climb...that grow and bloom...that makes for a feeling of a cottage garden. Beautiful :)

Peggy Sue said...

Oh Oh I love your garden's porches, yards...and I love the windy path that leads to....could it be your front door??? Honeysuckle??? oh i need to get one of those..I love things that climb...that grow and bloom...that makes for a feeling of a cottage garden. Beautiful :)

Kc W said...

Oh your views are spectacular -- from any window. Must agree, I do look the spring and summer views much better than the winter ones!

Donna said...

Your yard is beautiful this time of year! Humans and hummers alike would love to visit!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You have so many beautiful blooms going on and I love that red white and blue theme in the whiskey barrel! :)

Sweet Auburn Life said...

Lots of lovely colour Donna, should be amazing by summer. Mine is a little disappointing on the colour front. Green is a colour I guess!