Last year for Mother's Day my MIL gave all of the girls - her daughters & we "outlaws" tulip bulbs. While I'm a pretty good container deck gardener - learning a little more every year, I'm a rookie landscape gardener. We dug up the existing borders that line our backyard patio beneath the deck. Hubby let me take over the bed & do whatever I pleased. These are the tulips that were planted last fall. I had no idea which varieties they were so I just planted them & prayed they would come up & look halfway decent.
The anticipation was immense, but totally worth the wait:
I also received a Home Depot basket of bulbs from my big & little boys with both Daffodils & more Tulips, so come fall, those will be added to that same bed & hopefully they will all return next Spring, filling out the bed even more.
For Mother's Day today, hubby got these fun birdhouses to add to the deck, which has become a haven for so many birds, bees & butterflies.
These blooms always appear early under the shade of the deck. I don't know off-hand what they are called but they're so pretty & unique.
The gardening process is always a marathon - not a sprint. It always takes a few months to get everything into place & then before we know it the season here in the Twin Cities is gone in a heartbeat.