My Alpine Home

Monday, March 14, 2016

Count Down to Spring. . .

Well my friends,

 

In less than a week Spring will officially be here.

 
 
If you are like me and spring is your favorite season, I'm sure you find yourself counting the days.
 
I was scrolling through my photos, and found some that I took last spring, but didn't end up sharing.
 
 
They made me so anxious for what is soon to come.
 
We have a rock wall that spans the length of our back yard and 3/4 on one side.
 
I love it, but it can be quite stark if left as is.  I had planned on posting about the trailing plants that I have used to soften the wall.
 

 
 
This Salvia is planted close to the edge.



I've planted lots of  sweet 'steppables' amongst
the rocks in our firepit. 
Not only do they add color, but 

they also help to keep the soil between the rocks

from washing away.

 
 



 
The basket of gold puts on a show every year.
 

Last year our winter was so mild that everything bloomed about a month earlier than usual.  This year we had snow on the ground for months.  It will be interesting to see if it makes a big difference.

 
I've also added steppables amongst the flagstone path leading into the back yard.
 
The sweetest tiny blooms!



These Violas reseed every year and come up randomly along the edge of the flagstone.
 

 
Soon the herb and shade garden will be full and lush.
 
 
 
 

I am always amazed at what beauty our gardens bring to us in just a short time.
 
I thank the Lord for the joy it brings to me.
 
Yup, I'm counting the days till Spring!
 
hugs,
Jann

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
Bernideens for BTTCG
Rose Chintz Cottage for No Place Like Home
Thoughts of Home

 
 
 

29 comments:

vivian said...

I wish I had a green thumb and a clue as to what to plant where and how! Im sure youre gardens are beautiful!
wont be long!!
happy day
xoxo
vivian

Mary Ann Potter said...

Loved your photos! Happy, happy spring! My daffodills have been popping for awhile now. Lots of nesting birds are busy here. And something special --- I have six new baby chicks. My rooster is sterile; he hasn't been a daddy yet, and he's already two years old. So I purchased these babies, three Araucanas and three golden-laced Wyandottes. They are being raised in our new "chicken mansion," where only fresh air and sunshine and their mama can get in. My one-year old hen Charlene has been in there for a couple of weeks now. (The rooster picked on her, so I moved her for her comfort and safety.) Ahh, spring. Love it so! Have a blessed day.

Spittin-Toad said...

I can't wait to get out and did in the dirt...It's been such a wet stormy winter this year I'm not sure my garden will ever dry out. Your pictures just make me want to get out there more...your place is lovely!
Denise

Susie said...

Jann, I am so in love with your yard. That rock wall is beautiful. I love the flowers spilling over. Just so pretty. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

Linda W. said...

Your garden is gorgeous! We've got daffodils coming up and trees blooming here in Portland.

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes said...

Oh, Jan! Your Springtime garden will be filled with lovely color very soon. Your 'steppables' add such a nice, soft touch as they bloom amongst the rocks. Springtime is also my favorite season in our Midwest garden! Yesterday our first blossoms opened ~ miniature irises and crocus. I *might* have done a little, happy dance right in the garden! :) Happy almost Springtime! ♡

Cindy Rasley said...

Can't wit for Spring! Your flowers look great Nice job!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I am counting the days down til I can work outside. Love your flowers, they are so pretty.

Rose L said...

Lovely! Bet you are anxious! I love the variety of plants among the rocks.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So gorgeous!! It amazes me every year how beautiful new life comes out of the ugly brown drab that is in the garden.

20 North Ora said...

Your yard and gardens are just gorgeous! Enjoyed the tour!!


Judy

Mountain Mama said...

I am absolutely drooling over your gardens - just gorgeous!!! Yes, I am counting the days/hours/minutes until spring - can't wait!

Kelly Deal said...

Love you garden Jann! So beautiful and inspirational!

Creations By Cindy said...

Love your garden from last year! WOW! Girlfriend. you have yourself a green thumb! But I am not the least bit surprised. I love your garden Jann. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Jann, I am counting to. But today it is snowing! I'm just ready for warm! You gardens are always so beautiful. Have a great week. xx Jo

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You have such a beautiful garden, Jann! I heard that snow is a good fertilizer so perhaps this year your blooms will be even more profuse?

We have had a warmer than usual winter here on the front range of Colorado, but I know we will have a couple more snowfalls before spring truly arrives, Until then I have to admire the warmer climates flower gardens.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty. I really like that rock feature with the plantings even though it may be bare in the winter. xoxo Su

Kris said...

Your yards and blooms are so beautiful!
xo Kris

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, Jann, this is really lovely! What a welcome sight to see all these pretty posies! Your garden is a delight to the eyes. Thank you for sharing with us and have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Bernideen said...

Dear Jann:
We do love these garden reflections. Would you believe it is snowing here in Colorado Springs right now and loading day is here! Of course! Thanks for sharing both of these posts Jan and I bid you bye as my husband is about to "unplug me" here!

Winnie said...

Your garden Jann is soooo colorful and beautiful :)
It's like a little piece of heaven.....

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Jann, everything looks so beautiful. I also love Spring and my roses are full of buds and can hardly wait to see them all in bloom.
Have a great rest of the week.
Hugs,
Mary

Pat @ bringingfrenchcountryhome said...

Hey Jann! Wow! What a gorgeous garden you had last year. Love those little steppables. Didn't realize they bloomed. Can't wait to see what you do this year. I've been cleaning beds and trimming perennials. The grass is greening up and bulbs are poking through the dead leaves. I'm so over winter. Have fun, Spring in less than a week!!!

Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

Beautiful

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So pretty, Jann! What a lovely garden! I can hardly wait to see spring growth here!

Lori E said...

Your garden is just beautiful. It must bring a smile to your face every year (despite the work involved).

I think the violas do a great job of earning their keep year after year.

Stacey said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad you shared this at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You've inspired me for sure. :)

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Oh, Jann, how gorgeous!! I love the charm of your garden, it practically shouts "beautiful cottage!" It is so HOT where I live and the dirt is clay...cultivating (and maintaining) is challenging. You have done such a beautiful job!

Laura said...

So so pretty!
Thank you for sharing this at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
I am so glad you are here.