Spirea Inspires

In two more days it will become official, but why wait? When the spirea blossoms fill the western border Spring has made its way to the garden.

Anticipating this day back in January, I had guessed the spirea blooms would open up two weeks ago.

An impetus for renovating the garden is reinvigorating the outdoor space so there are interesting views year-round.

This morning the garden looks tidy with fresh mulch and newly mown lawn, but seeing vast expanses of bare mulch is not part of the plan. Later in the spring as the perennials begin to fill out this will be less of an issue. Ideally though the plantings and not the mulch should dominate and guide the eye, even in late winter and early spring.

A trip to my favorite garden center yesterday was fun.  Picked up a small container of  emerald blue phlox (phlox subulata). Also found a Sweet William (dianthus barbatus), a nostalgic, old-fashioned plant which I meant to plant as seeds last fall.

Today will be sunny and 80 degrees.

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