early may in the garden

by Sharon Santoni

We are well into Spring now and heading fast towards summer, this is what I call the optimistic season. The time of year I love because it is the season of promise and hope.

It is the time of year in the garden when green has exploded and the leaves are bright and new. The time when the winter earth is fast disappearing beneath new foliage, when buds are appearing every day and each plant in the garden appears to be doing its utmost to please.

It is the time when we are keen to see how new plants behave; how new designs work out; whether those bulbs come true to colour and whether we got the proportions right in a new combination of plants.

We haven’t yet had time to be disappointed by a timid bloom, or an aphid attack on the roses.

We are not affected by too much or too little rain, it is simply the season to enjoy.

I hope that like me you’ll be getting outsideĀ  this weekend, andĀ  dreaming of a balmy season to come.


christina @greige May 2, 2014 - 10:10 pm


Everything looks beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Marianne May 2, 2014 - 10:29 pm

At work making goat cheese for summer get togethers and so wish that I had such a peaceful, lovely garden for gatherings. Nothing more beautiful than spring, and your photographs do the season justice.

Dixie May 2, 2014 - 10:35 pm

Gorgeous! In Canada, we are still waiting for the blossoms…

Thanks for sharing pics of your beautiful garden!

carolina elizabeth May 2, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Oh, so very heavenly!

Colleen Taylor May 2, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Each time you seem to top yourself Sharon & then the next blog post comes along & it’s even more spectacular! These flowers are gorgeous to put it mildly. Your season is gloriously taking shape. Here in Arizona, we are almost at the end of our best season. The heat is arriving slowly & hopefully not too fiercely.

Katherine Leighty May 2, 2014 - 11:49 pm

A season of change again upon the earth! Things change and so have I! Beautiful pictures of beautiful blooms! Thank you!

sally May 3, 2014 - 12:04 am

My dear Sharon

These photos are quite spectacular…simply beautiful, Im going to share with my good friend over the weekend, she is very sick and I know they will give her some happiness, and she will feel the peaceful beauty you convey so well.

You are inspiring me to spend as much time as I can in my garden here.. like you, I find this time of year to one of promise as the beauty of nature unfolds with each bloom.
Gorgeous xXx

Katherine May 3, 2014 - 12:58 am

Shamefully I will say that I am jealous. We have not had warm enough temperatures yet to make anything bloom. I just love the Allium – one of my favourites.

Emm May 3, 2014 - 1:04 am


Those pictures are just exquisite, especially the apple tree (?) blossoms and the allium. Hope you can put your feet up and enjoy a well-earned rest this weekend.

Mariecapucine May 3, 2014 - 1:20 am

How fortunate to have such pretty floral ornaments.
Your spring is blessed by the gods.


Debi May 3, 2014 - 3:25 am

pure sweetness…

Jennifer Clark May 3, 2014 - 3:28 am

Your garden is so lovely! Here on the Central Coast of California, we have had record heat. My roses are look oven-baked. Your wisteria and columbines look so fresh!

Thanks for sharing.

Auntybelle May 3, 2014 - 11:12 am

Oh! Your garden is perfectly delightful in all it’s spring splendor. The green hydrangeas are my favorite. But the wisteria framed window steals my heart.

Enjoy your well earned days of glory.

Sandra Lambiotte May 3, 2014 - 11:19 am

Beautiful, beautiful! What is the tree, plant or shrub with the pink blossoms?
It has such an unusual shaped leaf – don’t recognize it at all – so pretty.

Here in the West Virginia mountains we are still waiting on spring to arrive in full force. All my peonies are up with buds and the lilacs are blooming. The roses really took a hit with our brutal cold winter. The English roses survived the best.

Thank you as always for your lovely photos. Just so inspiring!

Nancy May 3, 2014 - 2:09 pm

What lovely shots! Is that purple flower a dahlia?? Stunning….

Berna May 3, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Oh what a beautyfull plants in your garden. Thank you for the lovely pictures from your garden.
Have a nice weekend
Greetings from the Netherlands where the sun is shining but there’s a cold cold wind.

Dita May 3, 2014 - 2:21 pm

What a joy to be living in such a beautiful house and garden. Dream….
Enjoy every moment.

Lindsay May 3, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Thank You so much. Your garden is beautiful. I love those hydrangea’s.
Living in an apartment with no garden, and 90 degree temperatures, Your garden is
such a pleasure.

Linda May 3, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Your photos, Sharon, delight me! What a beautiful garden! The few pots of flowers on our patio show the promise of spring, as well. Here, near Seattle, spring weather this week has fluctuated from a record temp of 85 degrees, to the 50’s with the promise of rain. Walks in our nearby woods are so comfortable, with a few wildflowers popping up here and there.
Thank you for the calming post.

The Enchanted Home May 3, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Wow Sharon so dreamy…your pictures are magnificent:)

Marie Ballon May 3, 2014 - 11:39 pm

So very beautiful: the words, the pictures. Thank you. The season of hope and expectations indeed. Enjoy the beauty. Marie B.

Debi May 4, 2014 - 2:14 am

so soft….so lush…your pictures always take me away….merci.


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