Monday, May 28, 2012

Snowball Blossoms



The viburnum bushes are gorgeous this year. What would the garden do without them? They sashay in after the lilac blossoms fade, but before the peonies burst. This viburnum bouquet is from our snowball bush. We have several on our property, one was here originally and the others I planted last year. 


It's really quite hard to not get giddy about all the flowers that will show in the upcoming weeks and months. The peonies are full of plump buds, as are the rose bushes and clematis. 

The hydrangeas are just starting to show little tiny green flowers. 

It's all very exciting. After putting so much work into the garden, it's such a wonderful feeling to see everything growing and looking more and more mature and vibrant. 

Then there's the vegetable garden! We visited our local nursery this past weekend and picked up all of our starts...lots of tomato varieties, basil, green beans, pickling cucumbers and some carrot seeds. And two pumpkin varieties for pies, breads, soups, cakes and who knows what else. We love our pumpkin! 

We are getting a late start with the garden this year. But as of this afternoon, everything is planted and making themselves at home for the summer. 

Photos to follow...


Smiling at the babies who were watching us from their stroller...xo

44 comments :

A-M said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! A-M xx

pembrokeshire lass said...

I've never seen them in a bunch like that aren't they lovely! Bushes I have seen in gardens I've visited would never have produced such a bouquet! Even if you'd taken everyone off the bush so you must have some lovely ones! Also ...such a happy picture! Joan

Rose H (UK) said...

I don't know what is nicer, those gorgeous blooms or the utter joy on your face as you smile at your dear twins :o)
Best wishes as always
Rose H
x

My Little Bungalow said...

Your viburnum are truly beautiful. What perfect specimens! I like how they look against the backdrop of your blue and white striped dress. You mention that you planted some of these last year. I wondered, are the cuttings from the older, original bush? How big were the bushes you planted and are they producing lots of flowers already? Do they need full sun?
Thanks,
Claudia

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous flowers!

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

You always manage to inspire a passion for the simple things in life - whether it's a bowl of raspberries or a bouquet of viburnum. I love it!

Dianne said...

Wish you had shown us the babies watching you. I love seeing how much they are growing and becoming little people.
As usual, your photographs are wonderful. Do you have trouble with deer eating everything you plant? In NC that is my largest garden problem.

Lynne said...

Lovely lovely snow balls and you! The warmth in the final photo says it all. . . A Joy filled life . . .

andy said...

Those ar e gorgous !!!! Have a great week!

Lana @whatsthestorymorninglory said...

Beautiful flowers. I do not have one of these bushes. I am going to buy 1 or 2 for sure this year.

Thoughts for the day said...

Just beautiful... I imagine those trees are just wonderful to look at, and to smile at those 'babies' wow... that is a real joy.
hope your garden does well for you.

Christy said...

Stunning!

Perfectly At Home, New England. said...

Garden envy! Those blossoms are so heavenly! What a great way to spend a summer, family and babies!

-Tim

The Corson Cottage said...

I just love Snowball Viburnums, so lovely. Ours have come & gone already this season. Looking forward to Hydrangeas blooming next.

A Country Farmhouse said...

Dianne,
The deer love our gardens but seem to leave the viburnums alone. They prefer our roses over everything else!

Claudia,
These cuttings are from the older bush. The blossoms on the new bushes are a good size as well but since they didn't have as many blossoms, I didn't cut from them.

Trina

The Blue Farmhouse said...

Beautiful photography, wonderful post and you look nice also in the blue and white...and the smile...well it speaks for itself.

Lee said...

Well anyone who argues about global warming and still doesn't believe needs to talk to a gardener or farmer. I can't believe that It is May 29 and all my peonies and lilacs are gone and my roses have already bloomed and are in there second cycle. I'm so sad. I was able to fill up vases with my peonies for the first few weeks of June now I have nothing. Today it is 90 and so hot here in Newtown PA. My snowballs and hydrangeas are already starting to bloom. I love yours trina. They look great.
I wish you could follow my blog so that I could get more followers too. You have so many. I think your blog is the blog to follow. Hee Hee.
Love the photo of you smiling at the twins.

seashoreknits said...

Oh such lovely bouquets, Trina!
And with your pretty blue seersucker dress as a background - so so pretty!! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

The Farmer's Wife said...

I've loved your garden pictures in the past, and I look forward to the ones to come. They, like you, are inspiring me to garden greatness!

Carol Ann said...

My mother had a viburnum bush in her yard and I SO wanted to take it with me when she moved! It produced such luscious blooms just like your gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

So very pretty! Every year I tell myself I'm going to plant so but never do. Maybe next year. this summer is all about hydrangea, lilacs and roses here.

bagfashionista said...

my peonies have all blossomed and are actually starting to fade now...but then i'm in CT, so not sure how much of a difference that makes.

My hydrangea is showing its green/yellow buds --- so excited! it's the first year after being planted.

cindy said...

Oh, you are making me sad, longing for our huge border of them that we planted in our last home. I was overflowing with them and it felt so luxurious. I loved the initial lime green color before they turned white too. We did not think to plant them in this wooded property immediately after moving here and now there is not much room. We have several varieties of hydrangeas but none give the bounty of the snowball vibernum.

I love the look on your face as the mama smiles at her babies!

Dianne @ My Southern Heart said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Since you also live in the Pacific Northwest, you have probably been to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. Amazing! There's a slideshow on my blog from our trip there this past weekend.

Mary Lou said...

Gorgeous flowers and photos.

Mary Lou said...

Gorgeous flowers and photos.

Simply LKJ said...

Beautiful! I hope to plant some viburnum in our yard soon. I love the blooms.

debbie bailey said...

That's a really cute photo of you, and those snowballs are gorgeous! I don't have one but do have hydrangeas. They're in full bloom with blossoms like the snowball only in a dark bluish purple. They take my breath away.

White Verandah said...

Oh just gorgeous! I let behind two very gorgeous snow ball trees at our old house, how i wish i could have brought them with us!

Jo said...

I love our snowball tree, every garden I've had I've planted one because they are so frivolous and pure! Ours is just a bunch of sticks here in Australia as we head into winter but your gorgeous pic inspires me. And love that smile for your babes...please keep sharing your home and garden with us.

April said...

These are by far my most favorite Viburnum, next in line to the Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'. Love the pictures, it captures them well :)
xoxo
April

Windlost said...

Beautiful. I have a soft spot for snowballs. There is a beautiful one growing on my great grandmother's grave that we would always go visit and cut a small bouquet from when I was a kid...
I am in utter envy at whatever Zone you are in. We are in Zone 2b, so most things are about 6-8" tall here. I will not have a garden in full bloom until probably July, and lucky if hydrangeas appear in August...yes, really. Our lilacs are just now opening...life in the dessert (cold and dry) is not always so fun for a gardener like me!
So thanks for sharing YOUR bounty!!
xo Terri

Blair said...

Hi Trina,

What a lovely post! We're getting very excited about the flowers and veggies around here too. What a special time of year.... especially when you get to share it with toddlers (and two in your case:)). Happy Spring!! xox, Blair

designchic said...

I planted two viburnum bushes last year and am dying for gorgeous blooms like this - still waiting... I adore the image of you smiling at your twins...priceless!!

Keeping it Cozy said...

This spring we got to enjoy snowball bush blossoms, not from our own yard but across the road from us beside an old abandoned house. They are just beautiful... this bush must have been there for many years because the blossoms were huge, similar in size to yours. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

http://keepingitcozy.blogspot.com/2012/04/snowball-bush.html

Sarah said...

This is the second post I've recently read that mentioned snow ball plants. I must find out about these incredible plants. Amazing blooms!

the little flower cottage said...

so beautifull! I just love viburnum, it looks like your bushes are thriving under your care!

Susan Kane said...

When I was about 4, our town neighbor had these plants, and they were amazing! I wanted so badly to pluck them, but had been threatened with bad things if I did. So lovely!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

One word: Spectacular!

The Moerks said...

These are gorgeous flowers. We used to have a viburnum but it died in the drought. I think I will have to replant one.

Maria said...

Snowballs! My grandmother was a wonderful gardener and she had snowballs in her garden - gosh, these pictures are so beautiful. I only wish I could smell them :)

Between You and Me said...

I love snowball bushes...I have wonderful memories of them in my grandmother's yard.

Jan's camera said...

Oh, my, unbelievable.

Andrea from MI said...

I' m in the process of landscaping my house and am interested in using a snowball bush. I came across your pictures and think they are beautiful. Could you please help me find the right kind of viburnums? What are yours? I haven't seen any quite like them. Big thank you for your help!

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