Friday, May 4, 2012

What's Growing in the Yard This Week?

"A few" more yard finds~
We have a lot of stuff on our yard.
It is getting a bit overwhelming.
We are just slowly working at getting everything back in tip-top condition.

There are 3 large trees in the NW corner of the back yard & a couple more that have come up on their own~ I think.

 I have a couple of these. A very pretty bush with tiny yellow blossoms.
This bush was covered with blossoms, but the wind got to them before I got a good picture.

 Oregon Grape & Iris

 Ground Cover & Weeds :)
I don't know the name of the ground cover. For all I know, it could be a weed!

 Ground Cover w/ Purple Flowers

 Grape Hyacinth
Not sure what is nibbling on the leaves. Possibly deer.
We also have a snail infestation. Bleh! Little buggers!!!


 There are a couple of different varieties of mushrooms.
They are coming up everywhere! Interesting at first, now they are getting a bit annoying.
Kids know not to touch them.

 Another purple ground cover. Don't know the name of this one either.
Lots of dead leaves, twigs etc. that we are working on cleaning out.

I just ordered some seed/bulb/flower catalogs so maybe I can figure out what some of this stuff is.

A few buds are starting to appear.

 Another mystery bush.
I have several bushes that are close to blooming.
Hopefully that will help me figure out what they are.
Don't worry...I'll post pictures.
I'm kind of obsessed with the yard right now.
(Mostly just wandering around and "oohing & ahhing")

 Lamb's Ear

 Stag Horn Sumac Tree
Very funky looking tree, with these huge blossomy thingies:

 This is in the backyard. I think it was a sandbox/play area.
We prefer to call it the "Indian Burial Ground"
(I mean no disrespect to actual Native Americans or their Burial Grounds, just so ya know)
It is currently growing some nice weeds.
Behind that is a fence & the "natural landscaping" area~ where the deer tend to roam
and try and get through the fence.
I've never really explored this little area too much. But on the right side of the picture, you can see the big rocks~ There is a rock wall opposite the wood posts.
And in that rock wall, I found these:
 (Yeah, yeah...another ground cover that I do not know the name of)
They look so pretty spilling over the rocks.

I also found these growing among the rocks:

Hens & Chicks

And...I have 1 strawberry growing. An actual, tiny green strawberry.
Peach, Apricot & Cherry trees have all set fruit.

Stay tuned for more pictures of random flowers, bushes and plants that I don't know the names of .


  1. ha ha..I LOVE your Indian Burial grounds. FYI...I have an immense fascination with the early American Indians !!!!!
    It is a fun time of year to see all the plants poking up and the blooms appearing.
    I used to have Lambs Ear when I lived in Utah. I loved rubbing those leaves.

  2. Awesome finds!

    Love that each day something new reveals itself in your garden :)

    The viney stuff with purple flowers on it, looks to be Vinca Vine.

    Happy gardening this weekend.
    Hope you don't get the hard frost that we are supposed to get...

  3. I was just going to say that the ground cover with purple flowers could be Vinca. I see Kerin thought the same thing.
    I love new yards in the spring. It's amazing what you find when the snow melts!
    I love your Indian Burial Ground! I think it must be time for a sacrificial barbecue in that backyard! :)

  4. Those are beautiful pictures! I love the emergence of things in the Spring. Even the weeds get me excited.

    Cute burial ground. I see some serious creative things in store for that area.

  5. Ooooo, an Indian Burial Ground!

  6. The purple ground cover pictured just below the mushrooms is vinca. But I don't know what the others are. Would have to take a better look.