Well, it feels good to be back to blogging again! I took some time off from the computer because in between the raindrops, i have been doing a LOT of gardening. I really missed visiting all my friend's blogs, and am so glad to be back and full of stories to tell you... There have been some BIG changes here in the landscape, some good and some sad. But today we will start with the shade garden.
It has been an incredibly rainy, chilly Spring here in the Northeast so far. But as i keep reminding folks, that's Spring weather for you! I do believe that April showers bring May flowers but rain almost every day in May so far brings soggy ground and flooding all around us. The shade garden is a bit weedy because of this, but i hope to have that under control soon enough! The bleeding heart bushes are just blooming now.
I dusted off my Aunt Joey's statue of Mary and put her in her rightful place in the garden, right next to the bleeding heart and the lily of the valley. I see little chipmunks who like to hang out in the space with Mary quite a bit and eat their seeds and nuts from the bird feeders there...
This is a statue i absolutely Love made by my friend and gallery owner Samson Contompasis. He named it "Mary" after Jesus' Mother.... The hosta and columbine are coming up nicely all around her....
In the back corner of the shade garden is another sculpture by Samson that i call "The Waterfall". It is surrounded by lilies, hosta, astilbe, columbine, and right behind it is a young white cedar sapling. It was intended to be a bonsai in training, but i think i like it there. And it seems very happy there too.
Against the garage wall, we have a spot where a few of my cats who have passed on are buried. A little sleeping cat statue marks the spot. The chippies love this spot and hide behind the piece of driftwood. Here there's more hosta planted as well as coralbells and lily of the valley
and my old rusty wheelbarrow that is going to become a lovely rustic planter if it ever dries out enough for me to paint it with rustoleum and drill a few drainage holes in it!