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The Season of New Life

April 25, 2016
 porch border cleaned This season when new growth springs from the roots of winter-dormant plants never loses its magic. During the past two weeks, I’ve spent time outdoors removing the fallen leaves and old plant debris from my flower beds to reveal the new growth underneath.
Among the new life revealed by the clean-up process, I especially enjoy the lovely pleated foliage of Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis). alchemilla new foliage

New foliage of Heuchera ‘Raspberry Regal’ and Geranium x ‘Nimbus’ have also created mounds of fresh green.

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goldheart new growth In the serenity garden, the new growth of the bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) ‘Gold Heart’ has appeared.
And new life can also be found in the opening buds of lilac (Syringa vulgaris). lilac bud

This is a time for new life among animals as well as plants. Many migrating birds have returned and are setting up housekeeping in preparation for raising young. And along the dirt road leading to my house, these fox kits come out to play each morning at the entrance to their den.

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  1. April 25, 2016 11:05 pm

    Great pictures. I love the foxes!

    • April 29, 2016 10:28 pm

      Joepyeweed, Thanks for visiting. The foxes are almost unbearably cute and have been a joy to watch.

  2. April 26, 2016 6:32 am

    Love those foxes! What a treat to find their den.

    • April 29, 2016 10:29 pm

      Harriet, It was a treat. I’ve had foxes in the garden in previous years, but this was the first time I knew where the den was (or, at least, I did until they moved this week).

  3. April 26, 2016 4:16 pm

    What a privilege to have foxes ‘in your garden’!

  4. April 26, 2016 8:34 pm

    Foxes! (Much better than raccoons!)

    • April 29, 2016 10:30 pm

      Kris, Definitely better than raccoons! (which so far, I’ve never had — knock on wood)

  5. April 27, 2016 5:40 pm

    I’m happy to see you have foxes too.

    • April 29, 2016 10:31 pm

      Brenda, They really are adorable. I haven’t seen them before when they were this young; in previous years, I’ve only seen the young ones when they were old enough to be out hunting with the adults.

  6. April 28, 2016 4:26 am

    I’m a plant person – but for once I have to admit that the fox cubs are much more charming. Thanks!

    • April 29, 2016 10:32 pm

      Cathy, It’s true; no matter how much we love plants, baby animals are usually cuter than baby plants. 😉

  7. May 2, 2016 2:26 pm

    Hello Jean, I really like the time around when the old winter rubbish and dead material is cleared away, revealing a (hopefully) pristine and weed-free border underneath with the plants just emerging from winter.

    • May 2, 2016 8:03 pm

      Sunil, My borders aren’t usually weed-free in spring, but I don’t mind doing some weeding as part of the spring clean-up and mulching process.

  8. May 6, 2016 5:00 pm

    Absolutely love the pleated foliage of Lady’s mantle….spring is coming along nicely there Jean!

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