Around The Yard | Early Spring

When we returned home a week ago I was so excited to see so many things happening in our yard. I love being a witness to the changing season - it's especially fun for me this year as it's our first transition from winter to spring in this house.

One of the coolest things are these blooming white trees that line the streets coming up to our house. It's almost shocking to me to look out and see all this white.

These are all over the place in our front yard.

Also a large bush in our front yard.

Around back there's all sorts of things popping up - including lots and lots of weeds. That whole area right next to the house (between the house and the patio) is looking for some great shade plants - just a bit of morning sun right there.

The next project to be tackled is two vegetable beds that are going to go in this side area. We're not sure if the current set-up was used for a bed or for compost. I've got two new raised beds waiting to be laid in this spot. Hoping that will happen this week or next.

On the other side of the yard we had a new pergola built. The old one was barely holding the overgrown (but oh so awesome wisteria). We pruned the wisteria way back and it now has a much more stable structure on which to grow. The view in the photo above is looking into the right side yard.

Here's the view when standing in the right side yard looking back towards the house.

If I remember right these buds are the beginning of maple leaves.

And this, these are lilac buds. I'm so excited to see what color this giant lilac will be when it blooms.

37 thoughts shared

  1. Tamara

    2011-04-05 09:07:11 -0500

    that wisteria is going to be gorgeous on the new pergola! this time of year is always so much fun in the yard...the planning and anticipation. :)

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  2. Becky H

    2011-04-05 09:20:27 -0500

    Ali, It looks like your White flowered tree is a Bradford Pear like we have here in Va. Beach. I love every Spring when they bloom and I am sad to see the first big rain take all the white blooms down. Our trees here are now all green and fresh looking. I love the signs of regrowth and renewal that Spring brings. But definitely not the allergies. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures.

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  3. Debbie S.

    2011-04-05 09:48:44 -0500

    WOW...you've got a lot of great plants there and all that room for your veggies! That's so exciting...I hope you have fun with it. I don't have room for a vegetable garden, so I am sticking to an herb garden and four tomato plants. Are you planning on planting any herbs? Love cooking with fresh herbs in the summer...

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  4. Rebekah Pontow

    2011-04-05 10:04:50 -0500

    We have many of the same plants growing in our yard, but due to a higher elevation mine are not yet as developed. But, I have 2 large lilac trees that are blooming and a hydrangea tree that I'm excited to see bloom again this year!

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  5. JillT

    2011-04-05 10:25:12 -0500

    Kudos to the previous owners. . .you inherited some wonderful landscaping. What fun experiencing spring start to finish this year!

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  6. heidig

    2011-04-05 10:29:41 -0500

    I love spring when you can finally see the buds just coming out.

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  7. Cynthia

    2011-04-05 10:30:14 -0500

    Wow. I love plants but have never been a yard person. I can feel your excitement here, and it inspires me to take a walk around my yard as well. It's been so neglected, it's pretty sad. It's hard to know where to start.

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  8. Anna Aspnes

    2011-04-05 10:31:47 -0500

    Looks wet Ali! Much like England :)

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  9. Deb J

    2011-04-05 11:09:56 -0500

    Looks like you have the beginnings of some great garden areas there. Love all of those blooms you are seeing. That's one thing I miss about former homes is all the spring and summer blooms. I hope to do something about that here soon.

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  10. Jolynn Kress

    2011-04-05 11:25:47 -0500

    The walk thru your yard makes me want to take some pics of my yard this weekend. I've noticed new things popping up, but haven't had time to slow down and enjoy them. I did a raised bed of flowers in the Fall that is bringing up all kinds of color now. Thanks for sharing and providing inspiration as always.

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  11. cinback

    2011-04-05 11:41:45 -0500

    You have a very nice yard! When we moved into our house, all of the trees were in bad shape and in bad locations. We spent the next couple of years cutting down, removing or replacing almost everything that existed in our yard. Now, 10 years later, we are starting to see the fruits of our labours. We have some nice, healthy trees and flourishing annuals. I am envious of your wisteria. I don't believe I could grow one of those here in Canada - our winters are too cold!

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  12. amberca

    2011-04-05 11:48:16 -0500

    Love these views of your yard!! I am also experiencing my new spring yard for the first time and have all kinds of grand plans for it. Especially some raised beds for veggie plants.

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  13. karen

    2011-04-05 12:49:49 -0500

    water.... I'm in AZ and it is dry and dusty. I envy moisture at this moment.

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  14. Laura B

    2011-04-05 13:57:10 -0500

    I'm also enjoying spring in a new house. It's such fun to see what I have to work with. I love to garden, so once things settle down a bit from the move, I'll get my hands in the dirt! Thanks for the beautiful photos.

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  15. Cherie

    2011-04-05 14:13:44 -0500

    I love spring! A new awakening for all. We have buds everywhere here too - just warmer one day then freezing the next!

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  16. June W

    2011-04-05 14:27:59 -0500

    I have just moved into a three unit building My neighbors on either side love to garden. I am more a container garden kind of girl. It will be fun to mix our gardening for the spring/summer.

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  17. Susan Sherrer

    2011-04-05 15:22:43 -0500

    It looks like a great beginning for your garden -- in the next to last picture, it looks like it is campanula (a perennial that will spread nicely). We have it in our flower beds and it's one of our favorites.

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  18. Tammy B

    2011-04-05 16:38:40 -0500

    Oh, how exciting it is to see a yard that doesn't have three feet of snow in it still! Your yard will be so awesome once you're able to get some more plants in the ground. Wouldn't some hosta and bleeding hearts look great between your house and the patio?! I'm hoping that I'll be able to get in my yard to do some work maybe in about three weeks from now, if we don't get any more snow!!

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  19. lindsey

    2011-04-05 19:34:22 -0500

    i moved into my house before anything was blooming and each day was like christmas! enjoy the surprises. gorgeous photos, the first with the heart a beauty.

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  20. Cady B

    2011-04-05 23:13:00 -0500

    Congratulations on finding a home with a beautiful yard AND a lovely interior! I love your bed of grape hyacinth!

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  21. susan garner

    2011-04-06 02:30:26 -0500

    Jealous of all the rain your garden seems to have.Please send some here to the desert.!!

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  22. marlee

    2011-04-06 07:26:45 -0500

    Hi Ali,

    We're enjoying our first spring in a new home as well. It's so much fun to see what is blooming. It's like a new gift every day.

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  23. sarah

    2011-04-06 10:32:58 -0500

    so envious of your grape hyacinth! it was a main ingredient in my famous "yard stew" i use to make at my grandparent's house when i was little :)

    anxious to see what your lilac is. we've got 2 purple and one white at my apartment building. i always look forward to bringing bouquets of them into the house (even though they make me sneeze!).

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  24. Keith

    2011-08-18 12:34:25 -0500

    Your new pergola looks fantastic and is a great way to enter your garden. I am thinking about getting one, even considering building one myself. They are great for growing plants on as well

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    * edited 08/11/14 06:23AM
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