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Before Spring Takes a Break


I wanted to grab some pictures showing what I’ve been up to lately before Spring takes a break. The forecast is for a low of 32°F Monday night. It may burn all my flowers. I wanted to capture them before the freeze.

The dogwood just bloomed a couple of days ago. The beautiful, striking white blossoms are one of the things that sold this house.img_0246 We happened to be shopping for houses in April and this is what we saw. I’ve added everything but the azalea bushes to the base planting . I don’t think the tulips stand a chance tomorrow. img_0247

The azaleas in the back yard a bigger as you can see. img_0241 The window boxes on the deck railing are new this year. I made two of each. Luckily, they’re easy to bring in. img_0243 img_0244 Making window boxes is incredible easy. You just have to be careful to get the root ball covered. These have really taken off.

I took an old bench that the kids used to arrange their stuffed animals on when they were little and coated it in poly-urethane to give all the pots a base. The pots are a mix of perennials and begonias img_0230

Looking back, I’ve spent a lot of time sprucing up my deck. I replaced to light fixture. The new light immediately attracted my new best moth friend. I wish I had a better camera that took decent close ups, but this is the best I could do. This moth is about 8″ long, brilliant green and has periwinkle and magenta outlines along its wings. img_0240

Hopefully, the cold snap won’t be bad enough to undo all my work, but if it is, I can do it all over again and still enjoy it. Happy almost Spring.

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11 thoughts on “Before Spring Takes a Break

  1. You’ve got a beautiful property, sir! I feel your pain, though; even with Tennessee being a week or two behind ‘bama in coming into bloom, I am headed to Home Depot after I hit ‘enter’ to buy some plastic sheeting to protect my vegetation from the ungodly weather that’s been predicted. Good luck to everyone with any yard-pride at all tomorrow!

  2. Great pics Randy! I love that idea of that children’s bench, painting it and putting flowering plants on it!

    The rest of the garden looks well-tended and very much loved too.:)

  3. Great pics – the azalea is gorgeous. The moth looks like a Luna Moth – and they are beautiful – I love seeing them come around and hang out.

  4. Beautiful pictures! I tried to take some of mine, but they did not turn out as well as yours did. Think about putting a sheet over the azalea for tonight. I am going to cover a couple of mine. Lovely home you have. Congratulations!

  5. Those are beautiful photos Randy. I love Dogwoods. It looks like yours get taller than ours – probably because of our cold winters. I think that’s a Luna Moth in the last photo. I haven’t seen one for years and was afraid they were endangered. I’m glad to see one alive and healthy.

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