My lilacs are almost ready to burst into bloom. I took a class on pruning last year and pruned my tall scraggly bushes some last fall. It already seems to have made a difference. I have a lot more blooms this year, and I'm going to prune them again after they finish blooming.
This is a container garden I made in a class a couple of years ago. In the fall I put it in the garden shed to protect it from the weather and then once things have warmed up a bit I take it out again. It worked beautifully last year, so I put it in the shed again last fall....and then completely forgot about it! I suddenly remembered a few days ago, found it in the back of the shed, and set it outside. The plants in it looked very anemic, tall and pale, straining toward the light. In only a day, really, the biggest plant sent up a strong, vigorous shoot. The smaller plants still look kind of iffy, but now, a few days after I took this picture, they're looking better too. It lives again, in spite of me. And no, I don't know what these plants are. I should look them up, I guess.
Strawberries! Lots of blooms this year, its going to be a bumper crop. The people who built this house put these plants in and I thank them. I just put a fence around the strawberry patch, however, because Cosmo eats strawberries, and I don't want to share!
Clematis! Large pink blossoms, due in the next couple of weeks, and then smaller whiter blossoms later in the summer.
Wild columbine....isn't it beautiful?
The itty bitty Japanese Maple I bought at the Salem Garden Club sale last year survived the winter very well.
This is the shade garden I created last year along the driveway. It really looks promising right now, if only I can keep the deer and rabbit repellant applied sufficiently....