The Urban Gardener: Spring 2013

Spring is here and it’s time to return to the backyard here on my blog!  We’ve been cleaning up the beds and fertilizing, and doing all kinds of other small projects to get ready for the planting season.

Yesterday we installed a permanent fence around the vegetable garden to keep the rabbits out.  It was a nice affordable investment that should last several years with little maintenance.  Here’s a snapshot of the beds just waiting to be planted with tomatoes and peppers in a few weeks.


We got a jump start on potted plants this year which add nice depth out in the yard. Today we bought two beautiful calla lilies. We have had good luck with other lilies such as Asiatic and Tiger lilies so we thought we’d give these a try.

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We also like to put pots on the front porch every year, which in the past have always contained annual flowers. This year we decided to fill them with perennials instead, again relying on bulb plants and others that we’ve had luck with before.  As you can see, we added some daffodils to them.  We also have purple hyacinths and grape hyacinths in there. And those are irises in the middle – a beautiful orange one called Avalon Sunset, and a white variety called Immortality. I also added some of my own Asiatic lilies that are in a whiskey barrel on the patio and have come back every year.

I’m most excited about the white iris. I have white irises in the back yard which were planted two years ago but they did not bloom last year.  Hopefully, we’ll see a white iris this year.



Out in the yard, the daffodils are blooming and all of our other plants are breaking forth and growing like crazy. I’m looking forward to seeing some new blooms and some of our old favorite ones over the next couple of months, and sharing them with you here on my blog.

For now, here’s some pics of the daffodils in bloom around the yard…


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