Thursday, March 17, 2016

Garden Tour Thursday

IZA
The crocuses did well this year!  Well, where they survive.  The voles get more each year.  But they sure havent found THIS spot, have they?  Can there be more in one place?
This is what is left of a 80' row...  We appreciate that they are still uneaten.
Over here we have one of the few hyancinths from 5 years ago.  The voles eat THEM too.  And most of the other survivors only manage 3-4 flowers.  
The backyard saucer magnolia does better each year.  Some years the buds get killed by late freezes, but that hasnt been a problem THIS year. 
The earliest tulips are blooming.  There used to be more, but THOSE VOLES, again...  Still, what shows up, we appreciate!
The NIP is growing into a full-fledged bed.  It used ta be just a couple individual plants but it is now spreading.  I think it found its "forever place".   TBT says that no matter where ya put a plant, there is someplace it would rather be.  Sort of like us and the sides of doors we are on...  Only plants cant move much.

Go ahead an roll on it; I do.  Its tough stuff!  And we have lots of individual plants around the yard.  They just "Spring Up", MOL!
THe saucer magnolia tree is one of our favrits.  The flowers dont last fer long, but they is sure special while they do.  
Now, come along ta the front.  We have the front box showin up good.  This is the 1st wave of daffodils.  There is a 2nd wave comin along fer later.  See those small leaves just comin up?  They will grow and bloom in a few weeks and have WHITE flowers and they even have nice smells!
Since we are in the front yard (and guarded by TBT against wild woofies and vishus deer) we can enjoy the front yard saucer magnolia.  Most years it blooms a week later than the backyard one (because of shade), but this year they both bloomed together.  Hmmm, I wunner if they will get together an make more trees...
And out at the street (don't worry, no cars coming along our dead-end street), we can see how the backyard saucer magnolia looks from in front.  Pretty impressive I think!  Neighbors walk by and slow down passing our house at this time of year...
Now, lets go back around to the deck and stretch out on the warmed surface.  Its 70F but the deck is warmer than that with the sun through the bare trees. 

Ayla has started us out good with bits of ham, roasted chickie, and some shredded cow.  Marley an TBT were inside coming up with a start-of-tour-year surprise drink.  I wonder what it is...

OMG, Nip leafs in baked ham juice smoothies!  And cream fer kittens.  Or for those who just prefer that...

Thanks fer coming on my Garden Tour this week!

21 comments:

Megan said...

A fabulous tour in a fabulous garden. Well done Iza and TBT. I love the daffodils, but I'm also pleased to hear that your nip plants are doing very well. Looking forward to seeing the flowers that TBT planted in his new garden beds in his special, handmade, anti-vole cages. THAT should be a wonderful display.

Megan
Sydney, Australia

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

You kitties need to do something about those voles! Just sayin'. ;-)

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

We catch as many as we can, but they move in the mole tunnels and they are hard to get at.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

I'm surprised there are any voles left! But your garden is lovely despite them!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Your garden is beautiful and we loved seeing all the pictures of it.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Whiskeratti said...

Stoopy voles, eating all the pretty flowers.

Dragonheart, Merlin, and Devi said...

Pretty flowers! Sorry to hear that the voles eat them. :( You are lucky that you have 'nip growing! How exciting. :)

The Florida Furkids said...

Your garden is lovely....too bad about those voles though.

Happy St Patrick's Day!

The Florida Furkids

Mariodacat said...

WOW, it's nice to see growing thing in your garden. We're still in winter mode here, but getting close to spring. Yup, I can still smell my cousins, so I'm happy.

Jans Funny Farm said...

Hey, you have signs of spring big time around your place. We have some too.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

What a great garden tour!!!

Lone Star Cats said...

Nice flowers!

Brian said...

Looking good gang! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Absolutely beautiful!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Everything is beautiful. I hate voles, we have the same problem. I used to blame moles until TBT pointed out that it is the voles. That magnolia is so impressive, it will be a long time until ours blooms.

The Island Cats said...

Wow! Spring has really sprung at your house.

Just Ducky said...

Wonderful tour, nice to see all your flowers. Ours still have a ways to get to where you are now.

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

Its no doubt in our minds that it is spring! At least fur you all...here its still not quite...

Flynn said...

Your flowers and magnolia trees are beautiful. We have the same problem with the mousies. They burrow down and eat the bulbs and then their burrow comes out on the other side of the fence so I can't get at them.

Peaches and Paprika said...

Wow, great tour! Lovin' those kiler manolias. Great shot, BTW!!! Have a good weekend!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Sorry we are late getting by, thanks for saving us some ham. It was coming a flood at our house and we didn't trust the teleporty thing with the thunder and lightening. The crocuses are beautiful and your saucer magnolias are OUTSTANDING.