Tiptoeing Through The Tulips

The tulips are out now. We’ve had those tulips under the crabapple tree for over 20 years now. Incredible. They always come up like this. I could add some more, I suppose. I never thought these would survive under that tree but they have. And since they are one of the first things to bloom in the garden, they always make a happy surprise in early spring.


This is what I like to see out in the garden – husband doing yard work. It only happens once or twice a season, too. When he has a rare day off from lobstering. But he works all day at it and cleans up the yard pretty good. We had a lot of leaves leftover from fall/winter.


The dogs got to play while he worked and I hobbled around the property shooting pictures of the flowers and plants. Unfortunately, my camera is getting quite elderly and is not doing such a great job any longer. Also, it was morning and the sun was in front of me which always makes for bad quality pictures, especially if you don’t have a great camera.


Things are blooming though. I love that plants do it every year without any nagging.

A year or two ago we planted a new broom plant in the front lawn area.


It was quite small when we planted it the year before last. Then we had the winter-from-hell when we got snow the entire winter and we never even saw the poor little broom plant til spring. This past winter, no snow to speak of, and the broom has doubled in size.

Paul has starting digging up the front lawn into this planting area:


He has a few things in there, I have no idea what they are but some are starting to flower.


I love surprises in the garden. Blooming surprises not bad ones. Our flowering quince is going great guns. It’s the red bush next to the wild looking forsythia:


That quince is one of the oldest plants we have in our garden. We brought a tiny clipping of that from our previous home in Marblehead when we moved in here 26 year ago. Since then it has just grown and grown so we are constantly taking clippings off it and rooting them. We have another one this size out back that grew just from clippings from the original one:


See the red? And to the left of that, in the foreground, is a fabulous viburnum bush that is just blooming out now and the aroma from it’s flowers is incredible. It invades the whole house when a window is open and the smell is fabulous. Then I have another viburnum at the other end of the back garden that is also adding to the wonderful aroma of the yard:


I tried to get a good shot of Paul, but he wasn’t having any of it:

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So all in all, it was a good day spent outside. He didn’t get all the clean-up done but most of it. He hasn’t mowed the grass yet either, which will make a big difference.

I used to do all these chores before I got my back/hip problems. Now when I try to do any of it, it makes everything way too painful and I can’t walk at all.

Well, that’s all for now. I have some things I want to make in the kitchen. Next up is an apple streudel for which I found a great looking recipe using phyllo dough. I’ll report on that when it’s done.



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7 Responses to Tiptoeing Through The Tulips

  1. mz. em says:

    You have a wonderful yard and a great guy to take care of it for your. I love his “fur” supervisors. Spring is a wonderful time of year.


  2. Nina says:

    It really is a lovely yard. And I am so familiar with the guy who will become a difficult photo subject. Mine does something other than just place a paper in front of his face, to make sure that I wont post whatever I photograph. They cave sometimes, don’t they, but it takes coaxing and cajoling!


  3. Michael says:

    I love your yard! Thanks for sharing.


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    Pretty! Looks like you’re right about where we are with plants, right now. You’re usually about 2 weeks ahead of us at least, so that goes to show how strange this year has been here.

    I’ll be glad when we get our new door in, then we can start making changes to the walkway and gardens in that area. About another month before that starts to happen, though.


  5. Rhubarb says:

    Wonderful pictures. Big thank you to Paul for all his hard work and to the cheerleaders-in-fur!


  6. sandy from iowa says:

    I remember way back being at your place in the spring time and it was great then and even bigger now


  7. Joan says:

    Oh, everything looks beautiful!!!!


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