Whenever we spotted an amazing peony bush or hydrangea growing in our neighborhood, my mom and I used to joke, saying, “we’re going to have to do a little night pruning!” The concept being that, during the night, we’d sneak into the neighbor’s yard and snatch a few branches without them knowing. Now I’m not sure we ever really followed through, but the phrase “night pruning” has stayed with me.
I’ve done a little night pruning myself recently, but it’s ok: I pruned my own yard. It’s always nice to inherit a garden and ohmygoodness have we got one on our hands. Granted, it needs a lot of work. But here are a few shots of dogwood (seen above), lambs ear, hydrangea, and lily of the valley, all growing in our yard. I’m now enjoying these blooms in various spots around the house. It’s always nice to bring Spring inside.
I’m pretty sure that you’re not supposed to cut down dogwood branches, but these were already on the ground due to a bad storm, so I took advantage. Suddenly my Easter table has more drama!
My favorite thing in the world is lily of the valley. I could smell it all day long and be a happy person. To have it growing in my front yard is a dream. Since I’m in my son’s nursery a lot, I put a small arrangement next to his crib and now his room smells amazing.
Lambs ear seems sort of masculine to me. So it seems fitting on my husband’s bedside table in a silver mint julep cup. No smell, unfortunately.
Post Script: Looks like I’ll need to put the lily of the valley elsewhere. It’s too much of a distraction for you know who . . . Happy Spring!