Monday, May 11, 2015

Squash House - Mid Spring 2015

Hello, and thanks for all the inquiries as to my whereabouts!  Since I am mostly on Instagram these days, I thought I would do a little Spring update for those of you who aren't.  Everything is great here at the Squash House.  Now that I've fully recovered from my back surgery, I find myself out in the gardens every chance I get.  I may have to dust the cobwebs off my sewing machine pretty soon!
 A couple of weeks ago we hosted my dear friend Stephanie from Rummage (formerly Loft Creations) for a week.  Stephanie and I had a great time visiting and exploring our little town. You might remember the backwards photo of us last year.

We even got the chance to cook a few meals together!  It sure was fun having a good friend to cook with!
 I so wanted the Dogwood blossoms to hang on for her arrival - and they cooperated quite nicely!

 Many of you have been asking about the garden, so I'll take you on a mid-Spring tour!  This is the first rose bloom which opened around the end of April!  We've had an incredible Spring so far with very little, if any, cloudy or rainy days.
This was the first perennial to bloom - it's a dwarf Anemone.
 The rest of the photos I took yesterday in the early morning.  Check out the bearded Iris!  All the buds haven't even opened.  You can see the grapes and blueberries in the background - both already loaded with fruit.  I have some basil seeds under the cloche in the half wine barrel - mostly to protect from the squirrels rather than keeping them warm!
 Looking the other way you might notice a strange tree just past the rhododendron.  Our ball shaped willow (along with many other plants) didn't make it through the winter thanks to a severe drop in temperature last November.  We bought a new, weeping willow as a replacement.  I'll try to post photos once it it fully leafed out.  As you can seem, a lot of perennials aren't even close to full size yet, but each day there is progress.
 Here we are looking back toward the house.  I love my new windmill!  
 The trellis here in the background held gourds last year.  This year I moved it and planted climbing, Black Eyed Susan's around.  They will climb up and over and cover the entire trellis in another month or two.
 Barbara, the purple Clematis is is full flower and the Alyssum under the roses will soon cover all the exposed dirt.
 I planted more Clematis on the short bit of chain link fence we have last year.  This year, they are really coming along.  Check out the Lupine, as well!
 We decided to move more to the fruit side of our little Squash House "Farm" and away from vegetables, except tomatoes and lettuce.  We can get all the fresh veggies we want at our Farmer's Market, and fruit is a little easier to manage as we get older.  This is our new, free -range, organic, sustainable, fair-traded, artisanal Strawberry patch!  (Can you tell we've been having some fun?).  Next year we should have many, many berries!
 My very special Diamantina Raymond Evison Clematis is in fully glory this spring!  Aren't these amazing blooms?
Bernard, the white Clematis with dinner-plate sized blooms is just getting started.  Soon you will barely be able to see the leaves for the blooms.

I will try to post another update early this summer.  If you can, do come see me on Instagram as mrssquash

39 comments:

Lesley said...

Fabulous gardens! What a pleasant visit you had with your friend...glad the dogwood cooperated!

AnnieO said...

So glad you recovered well from your surgery and can really get back to your beloved gardens. Always nice to have visitors who cook! Beautiful pics and spring update:)

Stephanie said...

I highly recommend Squash House B & B. Lovely en suite room, gorgeous gardens to enjoy from the patio, yummy meals, friendliest kitties ever. The best part of all is the relaxing setting with the best host and hostess on earth. New star rating of 6 stars!

Jeanna said...

Careful Stephanie...with B&B reviews like that, the Squash House will always be full and no one will be able to get a reservation. Some places are best to keep secret ;)

Candace - the gardens are beautiful already. I look forward to seeing what you do with all the berries...the possibilities are endless.

Thanks for the update...but I never miss and IG visit.

Kaaren said...

So GREAT to hear from you and to know that everything is well at the Squash House!

I've missed your garden updates and of course hearing about Mr. Squash and the girls.

Since I don't do Instagram, I'll have to wait patiently for your next post. Be well, my friends!

Nicole said...

Thanks for the garden tour. How lovely it is! Nice to see a post from you!

Michele said...

Great garden tour! I'm glad your recovered from your surgery. My back and I are not on the best of terms at the moment....

QuiltSue said...

I'm glad you've recovered OK now. Your garden is looking wonderful.

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Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, your garden is gorgeous!! Again!! I'm so glad to see you out and about and doing well.

Karen said...

I haven't made the leap to Instagram. Everything's looking fresh and lovely! I'm glad to hear you've recovered from back surgery.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, my goodness! that purple clematis is so cool looking. I would love to sit on your patio and watch your garden grow. Lovely!

pratima said...

So glad you and Stephanie had a memorable time together! Loved seeing Cute pictures of you both :) Thank you for taking us on Spring garden tour, it is exciting to see all kinds of flowers blooming and lush greenery growing and spreading! Happy gardening, Candace!

Paula B. said...

It was so nice to meet you on Tuesday for Sew'n Wild Oaks at In Between Stitches!
Thank you for the lanyard! It's a fun & thoughtful (not to mention useful) memento of your visit and the great day we all shared!

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Your yard is just gorgeous! I can't believe it's already so lush. How sweet you were to host Stephanie. I understand you did a lot more than that! She's a dear and I'm glad she has you!

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