Thursday, June 9, 2011

Spring Interlude

Thanks much to everyone for all the well-wishes. I had been so hoping to dodge allergy season, but it got me anyway. Feeling much better now, so I thought I would take a page from everyone's book and show off our outdoor pretties.

Unfortunately, not all of it is pretty. All that stupid snow we got decimated the rhododendron in front of our house:

We're hoping it'll come back, but it still breaks my heart to see it like this, especially when this is what it looked like two years ago:

Fortunately, the rhody in the backyard has not only survived, but thrived:

Because it's in the backyard, it blooms much later than the one in the front, which is good because the front yard one often ended up getting hit by the last frost of the winter just as it was blooming.

Hubby has both his gardens set up; this is his flower garden surrounding our waterfall pond:

Because it's a mix of wildflowers and nursery plants, it tends to look a little overgrown (it also looks like that because hubby isn't always diligent with garden maintenance, but we won't go into that). I found the perfect garden stone for it a couple of years ago:

Oh yes, it lives up to its name and then some... :)

This is his vegetable garden:

It's not very big, but that's how we like it. There's tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, lettuce and a few other things that I forget. He even added a couple of basil plants for Mr. Mick. We're just hoping the fershlugginer chipmunks will let us have some of it this year.

Back to the front yard: hubby found some lovely hanging baskets this year:

The perennials at the bottom surprised us by coming back quite strong, and hubby's added a couple more so that he won't have to worry about that space next year.

Milo the bunny statue has his annual batch of impatiens again:
He is an excellent gardener: yes, impatiens are hardy plants, but the ones that grow in his wheelbarrow always bloom biggest and best of all our plants.

And just in case you were looking for a certain spoiled rotten wabbit:

"Hmph...Like anyone comes here to look at plants..."


The Fab Furs said...

Of course everyone comes to view Mr. Mick in all his splendor. It seems that many gardens have taken a hit this year, but yours seems to be recovering nicely. The buns do have some doubts about the size of the vegetable garden.

Paula said...

Wow, Mick, I can't believe anyone would fall for that red herring of a garden. Everybun knows you're Da Man!

SixBunnies said...

I always look for pictures of you FIRST, Mick! I have my priorities in order. However, you Mom has a right to be proud of her gardens. They are very, very beautiful.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Give it a break Mickey! We all love some garden pix now and then - love that 2nd Rhody. Lots of them here, but we have just one. They grow so fast and bloom so prolific that the falling blooms get awful messy. But I do think we are the Rhododendron State - at least we have a ferry named that.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Mickey, you're very beautiful but so is the garden! Specially the waterfall pond....

Annette F Tait said...

your garden looks wonderful Jade! I am sure the rhod. will spring back with the summer hopefully.

I love weeds but I'm only saying that because I'm a non garden owner (just now) and I like all things growing!

good to see your veg patch :)

Karen M said...

Maybe Mickey is just complaining because there's no Parsley in that garden....The flowers are beautiful. As for the weeds, just call it Native Plants, and don't worry too much. That's what I do. And with pictures, you only have to remember the parts you like!

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Everything looks so pretty. I'm terrible at growning things. Mickey darling....kisses, kisses, kisses to you!
xx, auntie shell

Lisa said...

What a beautiful garden, and a handsome Mickey!!

I bet if you asked Mickey, he'd tell you that the rhododendron can go ahead and die for all he cares, as I understand rhododendron is toxic to rabbits, therefore what use is it to Mr. Mick??

Yollie, the human of Fairy Castle Farm said...

Hi, just "hopped" over from Lavender Rabbit Hoppenings to say , congratulations! I hadn't seen your blog before but will now be following, take care and have a great week. By Sweetie, from Fairy Castle Farm