Thirdeyemom

Enveloped in Spring

After a long, cold winter the rebirth of spring is something everyone in Minnesota craves. Given our climate and northern location, spring is usually quite temperamental and there are a lot of beautiful days mixed with awful ones. The weather is erratic and the spring-winter dance usually lasts until June when finally we can let out a big sigh and enjoy nice, warm weather.

Since our summers are so short I embrace summer as much as humanly possible. One of my annual traditions is to plant a seasonal garden every spring filled with annuals. I want as much color as possible and I want the flowers to last all summer long. It is the one indulgence I have to fulfill as a reward for surviving another long Minnesota winter without going stir crazy.

I normally plant the weekend of Mother’s Day when the warning of frost is over and my beautiful flowers are safe. But last weekend was very wet and cold. Unfortunately the sloppy, unseasonable weather lasted for days. Thankfully, the sun has finally returned and the weather should be in the 80s this weekend before cooling off again next week. I can finally plant my garden!

As soon as the sun came out from the clouds, I rushed over to my favorite neighborhood garden store and enveloped myself in flowers. My soul was instantly brightened by the layers of reds, pinks, purples, yellows and virgin greens. I snapped photos thinking about what flowers I’d place where in my layered garden bed in front of my house.

Soon my garden will be enveloped in the colors of spring and it will be lovely.

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Now it is time to start planting!

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped. To view more entries click here. All photos taken with my iPhone 6. 

37 comments

  1. You are right about summer being a short season, well in Maine. I’m working on having a garden that blooms through September.

    • Me too! Mine normally stays until about October but the flowers sometimes start going sooner if it gets cool earlier. October can still be quite warm here believe it or not. It all depends on the year!

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  3. Happy Spring, Happy planting, and most of all, a belated Happy Mother’s Day. What a great tradition to plant on mother’s day weekend, even if some years, you have to wait a week 🙂 All lovely photos, I so enjoyed the color splashes — Lola Jane

  4. The harshest winters result in the most glorious gardens, don’t you think Nicole? Hope yours is as gorgeous this year as it clearly was when these shots were taken!

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  7. Paul Missavage

    The purple ones are not lupine. They are Muscari or the common name for the genus is grape hyacinth. We have a lot of them here in Luxembourg in the Eisleck.

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