We are so excited to have flowers in the back yard! I have wanted a cutting garden of my own since I worked designing wedding bouquets years ago. Our garden is just starting out this spring, but we were able to do a bit of cutting from the bulbs we planted in the fall. I am in love with these checkered Fritillaria and the Hyacinth and Daffodils smell wonderful. We purchased our bulbs from White Flower Farm in Connecticut and the resulting plants have been strong and vibrant. We are trying to stick to a blue/purple/white/cream color palette. Although this scheme has morphed a bit as Chris recently purchased some giant yellow sunflower seeds, some of the tulip colors are slightly different than the catalog image, and Chris’ parents are giving us some beautiful pink peonies from their yard. We are looking forward to figuring out the flowering schedule and filling in with new plants every season. This is what has come up and bloomed in the garden so far:
*Narcissus Manly (Huge blooms!)
*Fritillaria Meleagris (I love this!)
*Hyacinth Miss Saigon (These smell wonderful)
*Tulip Champagne Diamond (So beautiful!)
I like to change the painting in Ada’s room to match the tree outside her window. I noticed some yellow leaves out there, so it is time for some fall colors. It is also time to lay the girls’ rug back down on their floor. The bare wood seems to keep the house cooler in the summer. A warmer spot to sit and play is needed when the temperature drops. We turned the heat on last night for the first time, (after a call to the repair men), and I am getting out the warmer blankets this weekend. Our (first!) spring-blooming bulbs arrived in the mail yesterday from White Flower Farm. We are excited to get started on our new garden and will get the plants snuggled in the ground this weekend. I can’t seem to stop thinking about soup and pie recipes. This Cheddar Apple Pie from Gourmet is amazing. What are you doing at home to get ready for fall?