The sun is shining today after a good rain yesterday, more that an inch, says our rain gauge. It is appropriate that the first official day of the season of flowers here at Faire Garden in Southeast Tenneessee be a bright, cheerful one. The air is seasonal, cool and fresh, after being washed with the rain.
The flowers are opening quickly, some are long lasting, others are fleeting. These Gypsy Queen hyacinths are a lovely pinky peach. The following hyacinths were not named varieties, purchased in bloom then set out into the garden over the years.
Grape hyacinths are massed around the edges of the walkways.
The heath and heather bed is enhanced by the blue edger.
Passalong from our neighbors, Thanks Mae and Mickey!
Also from the same neighbors, this purple leaf peach, from a cutting, is blooming for the first time.
Pulmonaria ‘Diane Clare’
The view of the back garden from the garage deck, looking west.
Out from behind the glass shower door, the shallow pot’s agave did not survive the winter, but this container has been cleaned up for a grouping of silver succulents, still in the greenhouse for a couple of weeks until the frost danger has past. The rosemary topiary has been given a haircut and fed, ready to give us pleasure as we walk out the back door.
The new veggie bed with sugar snap peas up well and onions growing to deter critters. The birch twigs are to give the peas something more to grasp than the netting, if needed. Pole beans and tomatoes will be added soon.
The violas in the blue strawberry jar in the front have perked up with the rain and warmer weather. I thought for sure that one of these beauty contestants would be crowned as the winner of the bloom days pageant. But it was not meant to be. The winner is….
Miss Margaret, Fairest of the Faire Garden, March 2008. Congratulations to you and thanks to all the participants in the vote.