The hint of spring hit us these past few weekends when temperatures hit the eighties. Every year around this time I begin daydreaming about all I want to accomplish in the garden.
Last week I was in the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas for business and took pictures of their ever-changing botanical gardens. The hotel was celebrating Chinese New Year. (as intricate as the garden exhibit is, I would imagine they keep them on display for at least 30 days or longer). Seeing the beauty of their display only increased my eagerness for some sprucing up in my own garden.
I felt like I was viewing a Rose Parade float—each part of the costume and surrounding background was made of flowers.
Further inspiration was provided by my good friend and gardening guru, Carla. Who needs the Bellagio when you can visit Carla?
My entry has been an area I wanted to replant. The urn to the left of the door needed a change, the Japanese boxwood that had been planted there for a couple of years had started looking woody and sparse. With Carla as my adviser we went nursery hopping…I picked up a lovely mother fern, grape hyacinth and some white violas. They will certainly announce SPRING with green, white and blue beauty!
The juniper that sits in the large planter to the far right of the front door needed to be replaced and I used a new variety of juniper (I apologize, I don’t have the name with me, if you’re interested I can look it up) and surrounded it with cineraria.
The crested planter has a couple of ferns and some cyclamen that are still doing well. Once our warm weather becomes a daily occurrence they will need to be replaced.
I believe it’s time to begin planning for the back yard.
Spring is on its way! I hope it arrives in your area soon.
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Linda Coble said:
I’ve always thought of you as a gardening guru! Your yard always looks so fantastic. The urn that Carla helped you with looks wonderful and adds some Spring color to your entry area. Wish I could find a guru of my own up here. Of course we aren’t blessed with good weather year round like you are. Whine!
We may not have as much rain but you certainly get the benefit of the most lush greenery in the land. I guess there are trade-offs no matter where you live. 🙂
Thanks for thinking of me as a gardening guru…I have a long way to go before I’ll command that title!
I agree with Linda and have always thought you were the gardening guru especially since you are an expert on all the Latin names of plants. I like to think we started as neophytes together back in the day and you carried our gardening hobby a huge step further and created a gardening design business! Your pictures of the front urn are lovely and screams SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER. XOXOXCARLa
You are too kind…I guess we’re enthusiasts to be sure when it comes to gardening. I truly appreciated your help with plant selection for the urn and ideas for placement out front, it looks so much better.
I’ve just bought myself an urn similar to yours and you have inspired me! Love the combination of white and blue. I also love your sundial clock!
Have a nice weekend, Karen!
You’ll have to take pictures and show us (your readers) how you plant your urn.
It’s absolutely spring-like here in California and I hope to get some serious time in the garden, sprucing up. Hope you have a wonderful weekend too.
Valerie @ Chateau A La Mode said:
Lots of inspiration in the beautiful photos. It’s funny, I was just looking around my yard today thinking I need to spice it up for Spring. You’re right the weather is screaming Spring around here. Makes me happy!
How are you?
I know, this weather has been amazing. I’ve sort of missed winter but I must confess, this is so delightful.
Oh my gosh, I didn’t realize you live in CA! I was reading your post and admiring the beautiful photos when I thought – wait a minute where does Karen live? I live in NE Ohio, I headed out this morning with snow flurries in the air and we consider this a mild winter….I say half laughing and crying. Your flowers look beautiful. Oh boy.
LOL! I know, I almost feel guilty talking about our weather…I promise I’m not bragging. I was born and raised in California and to be honest, I’ve always thought I would enjoy the seasons you are lucky enough to enjoy. (My dad (RIP) was born in Ohio and he served in the Marines in California an decided he wanted to stay put.
Hope your spring is on its way and thank you for stopping by. 🙂
Karen, you’ve always been my “go to” expert for plants and you’ve helped improve my garden tremendously. After seeing all the new additions to your pots and containers, I realize that mine are looking a little tired. Are you wearing your consulting hat?
I owe you about 3 consulting sessions and 2 hands-on work days. Just let me know when you’d like to collect. 🙂
Mona Thompson said:
Looks like we’re both ready to get in the garden. Have a great day. MOna
I have a list of plants I hope to introduce to existing garden spots in my yard. Its so fun and satisfying to work in the garden…nice to meet a fellow gardener!
How fun! Even their costumes are all dolled up with blooms! It adds an element of visual texture. Thanks for sharing.