Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Azaleas & Lavender - Our May Garden

May is a beautiful time in the garden- two of my favorite flowers put on their beautiful show- Azaleas and Lavender. My favorite azaleas are the deciduous variety-I just love their colors. I have had azaleas in every garden I have ever had - I look forward to their flowers every year- a sign that summer is just around the corner.

Another favorite flower of mine is Lavender. I just love this plant- the smell is so peaceful, both the flower and the blue gray leaves look wonderful in the garden. The center of my backyard garden is a globe spruce surrounded by lavender. My lavender patch is always full of all different types of bees- anyone who knows me well, knows that I have never been stung by a bee, and am quite frightened of being stung. For some reason the bees on the lavender do not scare me- they are peaceful- and they happily buzz away while they work.

This year my lavender patch will need some repair, due to my lab puppy Zoey who loves leaping through it- she has broken quite a few of the stems, and I will have to replant a few this year. I just hope her fondness for the lavender doesn't get her stung- now that they are blooming, and covered in bees, every time she bounds in- you can see upset bees trying to get out of her way- so far she has been too fast to be stung- but the baking soda and Benedryl are standing by.

Another of my favorite plants in bloom, that I plant in my rock garden by the moss, is Thrift. I have always loved Thrift's happy pink Blossoms- perfect plants for rock gardens- it is a perennial that will slowly grow larger every year- I try to put a new one in every year.

The vegetable starts are doing well. I have been working on hardening them off, they should be ready for the garden beds by June. Last week I planted my green beans, and summer squash, can't wait to watch them sprout. Hope everyone is having a beautiful late spring.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been hit with Tornadoes- God be with you.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8


  1. How beautiful your garden looks for spring! Very peaceful and serene. God's work is glorious!!

  2. What a lovely patch of lavender! Ours was hit hard by the severe winter we had. My prayers are with the victims too. The stories are just heartbreaking.

  3. Your lavender is beautiful. I am looking forward to planting some soon. Your pictures make me long for it even more.

  4. What a lovely May garden. cheers Marie

  5. Thanks for all of the positive comments! God's work is glorious! Hope everyone is having a great week. Thanks Again- April


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