First Signs of Spring 2013

I’ve been watching the bleeding heart pop through the cocoa bean mulch under the deck. The sun hits it just perfectly around suppertime. Emma and I did a quick walk through the garden before taking Sonny on a bike ride tonight. Come check out the first signs of Spring 2013.

First Signs of Spring 2013

A white-blossom Bleeding Heart pushes through the mulch

First Bleeding Heart


My favorite – hen and chicks – look as good now as they did before Winter.  The babies have rolled off to start their own families.Spring Hen and Chicks


A little statue under the deck next to more bleeding heart and the always green Japanese Spurge.Spring budda


My clay pots survived the winter in tact thanks to the layers of burlap tucked in between each pot. A practical and beautiful tip.

Burlap pots


Forsythia is blooming along the driveway. It’s beautifully named and stunning in mass.


Still growing...

Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
Jennifer Ebeling
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  1. Ruth Packard on May 7, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Congratulations, Jennifer, on your Master Gardener accomplishment!! I look forward to seeing how you use what you have learned. No doubt, your children will greatly benefit! We always enjoy visiting our master gardener garden in our fairgrounds. We’ve taken some classes, too.

    • 6ftmama on May 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Yes, the kids learn right along with me and vice versa. My mom always said, “Educate the mother and you educate the family”. So true.

  2. Deborah Weber on May 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Oh how lovely Jennifer. I always take special delight in those first Spring poppings, and yours are wonderful. I have a couple of bleeding hearts that are beginning to look vibrant and I can’t wait until they start to blossom. I look forward to further peeks into your garden now that winter is over.

    • 6ftmama on May 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Deborah!

  3. Cindy Mihalko on May 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I love how our plants tell us Spring IS here…finally! Your plants look happy and healthy. I hope you will be posting photos when they are in bloom too. Congrats on being a Master Gardener, that is something I have wanted to accomplish, as well.

    Happy Gardening!!!

    • 6ftmama on May 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Cindy – I’ll warn you… Master Gardeners are a super fun group. I encourage you to do it. If you are in Minnesota, you can take the coursework online. I did that and it allowed me to be home with the kids on the weekends. Good luck!

  4. Tiffany on May 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Your garden is stunning. One of the things I really want to do one day is have a beautiful garden of my own. We currently rent a place so I’m not sure how we will get away with that without messing up the yard (or improving it in my opinion)! I would be hanging out in that garden every day to read, study, and write all summer!

    • 6ftmama on May 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Tiffany – You should look into container gardening or straw bale gardening. It’s how I started and I still have them on my deck and around many of my porches.

  5. Michele Bergh on May 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Your garden is beautiful! Love the pictures of the kids smiling.

    • 6ftmama on May 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Me too, Michele.

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