Spring in Bloom and Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Spring is in bloom here in North Carolina! The azaleas were perfectly in sync and timed to bloom with Easter’s arrival this year. . . I love it when it works out that way!

I’m always amazed at how quickly the azaleas go from bud to bloom. . .don’t go out-of-town for a week, you’ll miss it!

Plants are the foundation for a healthy and happy Earth.

They provide nutrition, release oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, regulate water cycles, provide habitat for wildlife, all while providing beauty.

Of course if you’re a gardener, every day is Earth Day!

Sunday was a picture perfect spring day here at the lake after a couple of days of severe thunderstorms and tornadic weather moving through.

The viburnums have been blooming for about a month now. Doublefile Viburnum is as wide as it is tall.

It’s a fast-growing, low maintenance shrub for your garden. There are more than 150 species of viburnum growing in USDA Hardiness Zones 2 to 9, so chances are there’s a viburnum for you! We’re in zone 7b here at the lake. You can find your hardiness zone by zipcode, HERE.

Snowball Viburnum has been beautiful this spring.

With the storms that blew through on Friday, fluffy snowballs were reduced to a blanket of snow petals. . .

Bridal Wreath Spirea has an old-fashioned appeal and graceful arching branches.

I love the pretty blooms that lend a cottage garden feeling.

Here’s a fun Earth Day fact:

Over this course of a year, a mature tree will absorb 48 lbs. of carbon dioxide and in exchange, will replenish the atmosphere with enough oxygen to support two human beings.

I saw this quote last year on Earth Day that will make you think and should set our priorities straight:

Imagine if trees gave off WiFi signals. . .We would be planting so many trees we’d probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

Lady Banks Rose is blooming. . .

I was afraid it was frost-nipped in early April and there wouldn’t be any blooms this year. . .

I was happy to see the profusion of mini yellow roses.

I’ll leave with a favorite spring quote. . .

“My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.”

— Terri Guillemets

Find more information about Fast Growing and Low Maintenance White Spring Blooms for your garden, HERE.

Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring blooms and weather where you are!

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  47 comments for “Spring in Bloom and Happy Earth Day!

  1. Donna C
    April 22, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful! Spring is here!

  2. April 22, 2019 at 9:01 am

    I think Spring has been extra glorious in the South this year, and bird chirping weather is the best! What a fascinating fact about trees, I had no idea they provided oxygen! Beautiful blooms Mary, but so sad to see the blanket of snowball petals…a sure reminder to cherish every moment…

  3. April 22, 2019 at 9:20 am

    I always love seeing the beauty that surrounds you, Mary! Theres’s so much to love and enjoy. Your quote that you shared was so perfect. Thank you for brightening my morning!

    • Debbie
      April 22, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Simply one word: beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing. You are truly blessed with a green thumb!!!

  4. April 22, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Mary, what beautiful blooms! I am so glad your garden wasn’t impacted by the late frost. The azaleas, snowballs, and Lady Banks are so glorious! Spring has been breathtaking!

  5. barbara
    April 22, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for giving us a bonus Monday Morning Blooms!

  6. Alice Genzlinger
    April 22, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Wish I was there!

  7. April 22, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Wow beautiful! Happy Easter 🐣 🌸

  8. April 22, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Mary, yours is the first thing I opened on my computer this morning. What a beautiful way to start my day, especially Earth Day. Looking through your fabulous blooming beauties to the incredibe lake views sets my heart to singing. I’ll be humming a tune all day just thinking aobut this fabulous lakeside garden you call home. I admire your skills as a gardener as well as an artist. Love the quotes too! Happy Earth Day, special lady!

  9. Shirley Graham
    April 22, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Pictures are beautiful & enjoyed so much! Sun is shining & birds are singing so it seems all things are possible!

  10. franki
    April 22, 2019 at 10:05 am

    AT LAST, SPRING IS HERE! We had a tornado less than two miles from us…scary is right. No loss of life but some remarkable trees. We planted three fig trees. franki

  11. chloe Ward
    April 22, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Love your gardens and especially your “she shed” pictures. HAPPY SPRING !!!!!

  12. April 22, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Oh what a beautiful array of gorgeousness! I loved each and every photo!

  13. Kem
    April 22, 2019 at 10:42 am

    The morning coffee with you in the garden was sensational. I’m off to the nursery in hopes I may buy a few of your featured plants. Not much of a gardener, but this time I’ll try.

  14. Donna Milazzo
    April 22, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Absolutely gorgeous Mary! With all your lovely photos you could certainly publish a coffee table book! I’m going to copy that quote about the ‘bird chirping weather’! I have been seeing so many spring visitors pass through my garden this spring!

  15. April 22, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Mary – your spring blooms are stunning! And, I enjoyed your words of wisdom too! Happy spring and happy gardening!

  16. Clara
    April 22, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Hi Mary-Spring has been exceptional this year! Your blooms are absolutely beautiful! It was a glorious warm, sunny day yesterday. With the weather forecast for SW TN it’s going to be early summer for a few days but no complaints here as the birds are chirping which is the best kind of weather by far. Have a great day! Clara 🐦🌸🌼🦋

  17. April 22, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Mary, we planted Viburnum 2 years ago and had our first blooms this year. They were few and not too showy. Yours are positively glamorous! What do you do for such bountiful blooms ?

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  19. Debbie
    April 22, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Oh, Mary, your garden takes my breath away. Happy Earth Day>

  20. April 22, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    I swear if you had smell-o-vision, I would be drunk with the scents and happiness. Gorgeous. My snowball is just beginning to get leaf buds…sigh. We do have daffys though. What a gorgeous display….NUM!
    PS thank you for all your beautiful AD-FREE posts! I so appreciate having your pages load without interruption and interference…you know toe nail fungus ads would clearly disrupt the gorgeous blooms, THANK you again, Mary!

  21. April 22, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    That Lady Banks rose is gorgeous! Your blooms are all way ahead of ours here in Zone 5. I see my lilac is pushing to bloom. I always look forward to that because the scent is so intoxicating!

  22. Donna
    April 22, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    We are in Zone 4 so can only dream of blooming roses. Soon and very soon, we can be hopeful in your photos that our growing season will happen once again.

  23. Debbie
    April 22, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    So beautiful! All of them are blooming like crazy!

  24. Joan
    April 22, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Gorgeous flowers.
    Joan,Marilyn and Marion.

  25. Peggy Reed
    April 22, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Just gorgeous!

  26. Gale Crudup
    April 22, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I love Robyn Williams quote: “spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”
    Your photos make me want to have a garden party!!!
    Gale 😊

  27. Dorinda Selke
    April 22, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Mary – your pictures make me believe that Spring will indeed finally come to our neck of the woods! When I had looked at the calendar in January, I was happy to see that Easter was going to be later in April. I began thinking about my annual Easter brunch and egg hunt for my grandchildren. I planned on serving my hors d’oeuvres on our deck and I started thinking of colors for my little tablescape and vignettes on our outdoor baker’s rack. I had decided on a cute carrot theme. I figured I would have already planted pansies in our window boxes…..fast forward to the beginning of April. Still having snow, no sign of any crocus or daffodil bulb even thinking of poking through the earth-you get the picture. We did have a lovely Easter brunch but we did not have our hors d’oeuvres on our deck as our deck furniture has not been out outside yet and our egg hunt was which was almost an indoor hunt, went off fine with sweaters and sweat pants. Spring is very late here this year so your blog is beautiful to my eyes and hopeful to my heart ! Hugs, Dorinda

  28. Barbara
    April 22, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Stunning absolutely stunning
    I want to run out to the garden centre right now.

  29. Nonie
    April 22, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    What beautiful spring pictures. Just makes your heart soar. I love spring!

  30. April 22, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Such beautiful photos of your blooms! I must look for the kind of viburnum that looks like a lace-cap hydrangea. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

  31. Cynthia Raines
    April 22, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    What a beautiful garden tour! Love the Azaleas rich color and those yellow roses, so pretty. The white Snowball and Bridal Veil, just lovely! What a view you have, of course the birds are singing when they get to view and live in your garden. Love the quotes too! Happy Spring Mary! ⚘🌾🥀

  32. Cyndi Raines
    April 22, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    What a beautiful garden tour! Those Azaleas are so rich in color and the yellow roses also! Love the white with the Bridal Veil and the Snowball bushes. Of course the little birds are singing, they are thrilled to live in your garden and are enjoying the view! Awesome post Mary, thanks. Happy Spring! Being in zone 6a, I’m thrilled to see my Daffodills and Hyacinths blooming, lol. Our weather was perfect today, sunny and in the high 60’s. ☀️⚘🌾🥀🤸‍♀️

  33. Kathy M.
    April 23, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Your pictures are so beautiful. I am terribly lax about taking garden pictures but I will try harder this year. I adore Viburnums and they are spectacular this spring My Chinese snowball has blooms as big as soccer balls this year and my doublefile is a thing of beauty after 3yrs of waiting . I seem to have a majority of shrubs with white flowers and a lot of white tulips and they all were in bloom this Easter and with the sun finally coming out we spent the afternoon outside. This coming week I need to get planting my containers and so many other garden chores. Thank you for sharing your lovely property

  34. Frances Ebel
    April 23, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Thank you for letting us peak into your beautiful garden . It is so refreshing. I miss living in the south. Where I live now our spring starts slowly. We had eight inches of snow last week. So again thank you for your pictures they remind me of home.

  35. Amy Kaminski
    April 23, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I drool for your yard. So beautiful. Perhaps you could give us seasonal tours of your yard/landscaping. That would be lovely.

  36. April 23, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    So beautiful!! We are a little behind you, but at least we have had several days of warmer weather now and things are starting to grow and bloom now! I bet you have even beeen out on the pontoon already?!? We don’t have ours in the water yet. Enjoy this beautiful season, thanks for sharing with us!!🌸🦋🌷

  37. Debbie J
    April 23, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you Mary for another beautiful post. I know it is Spring here as our Chimney Swifts have arrived! Every year for 34 years, they have made their nest and had their babies in our chimney. They are welcome guests and we love hearing the babies chirping for food – sometimes so loud, we have to turn the TV up! Welcome Spring!!

  38. Françoise Deschamps
    April 24, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Quel beau jardin !

  39. April 24, 2019 at 8:37 am

    That was gorgeous fun! I love a white garden, cool, tranquil and visible at night! I have several mature bridal veils blooming madly too, they always stop me in my tracks! We went from winter to summer, just skipped spring, into the 90s after cold rain all the way into mid april, I am panicking trying to irrigate a few hundred roses by hand and still watch over the couple hundred plus trees I planted last year! Good thing I love to garden 😉 it’s amazing watching your garden mature over the years, beauty for decades!

  40. Bonnie Morgan
    April 24, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Everything is beautiful at your house. Lovely post.

  41. April 25, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous Mary…I have now identified a shrub at the Berry Patch House…it is starting to bloom and could not figure out if it was a hydrangea or viburnum the way it was starting to bloom….viburnum it is!

  42. April 22, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Being out in your garden must be so heavenly, Mary. There’s so much beauty and you can see all the love and care that you provide for all that loveliness. The snowballs are showstoppers, and the spirea is so old-fashioned and reminds me of a home that I grew up in. Your azaleas and the lady banks roses provide such pretty color. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

  43. BonJon
    April 22, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Hey there, from Raleigh NC. Visiting your site for the first time, and WOW! Now I understand why baby sister wants to retire to Charleston! She keeps saying it’s as unspoiled as Raleigh was 40 years ago when we first came here.
    Your photos are lovely, breathtaking!

    I’m an iris society garden and exhibition judge, so of course I love irises. Maybe I should join her down there, see what irises I can add to the local gardens…

    • April 22, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      Hi, Thank you for your visit. We live on Lake Norman, NC, but love visiting Charleston, SC for a long weekend.

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