We totally had time to plan our garden this year too. We took possession of the house in the middle of a ridiculously cold winter.
Unfortunately, I didn't think it through that a) gardens cost money and b) we'd need to build a raised bed. And we don't have any tools or supplies to make one. Oh yeah- and I know absolutely nothing about gardening and plants. I can barely keep a cactus alive.
A few weeks into stuff finally growing in our yard and it's even more clear that we really should wait a year before planting a food garden.
Instead I started photo documenting my discovery of the plant and flower life that was emerging in our yard. It quickly became evident from a few surprises that I can barely tell what is a weed and what isn't. Dandelions are about the only thing I can pull up with confidence.
(These are my favourite flowers growing up- we called them "Bluebells" - although I know they're "grape hyacinth" They used to grow near my grammie's barn)
(A pleasant surprise were all the wild strawberries that are COVERING our lawn, and flower garden area. These I recognized right away! Can't wait to forage wild strawberries!)
(The first things to grow were these amazing bushes of daffodils- what a great surprise!)
(Ok, these I honestly thought were weeds and was THIS close to pulling them up... then they flowered! I love them! also you can see there are pink and white bleeding hearts too!)
(Before this flowered I thought they were grass gone to seed- it took us a while to mow, what? The hornets LOVE them and they are now my favs- all fluffy and pink!)
(Originally thought these were wild flowers... but someone said they were perennials that must have been planted on purpose!)
(gorgeous magenta lilacs- we new these were coming because the lady had left the plastic tag on the bush. The colour of the flowers were a complete surprise though)
(again- more evidence that I should wait before gardening- I thought these were weeds... and then they flowered. Guess not!)
(This is apparently a "scotch broom". Andrew and I thought it was a needle-type pine bush, but it flowers! It is now covered in these beautiful yellow flowers and I no longer question why someone would plant an otherwise ugly bush)
(I still don't know what these bush is- but the red flowers are so pretty!)
(Before this little stem came up I just assumed these were weeds- and I was kinda right. Lupines in Nova Scotia are generally considered weeds and invasive...)
(But they're so pretty! I've decided that I am a fan :) )