May 8, 2010

Spring-Blooming Groundcover

Our neighbors have this Sweet woodruff growing as a ground cover under a big shade tree in their front yard. The plants are actually herbs that become invasive with too much moisture. When planted in dry shade, they're easily contained in a certain space and deliver a wonderful sweet aroma. The leaves are often used in sachets and potpourris and it's also a natural insect repellent.

These old-fashioned lilacs
have been growing in my parents'
yard for more than 50 years.
They've never once been pruned
and have never failed to deliver
beautiful flowers for all to enjoy.  

This sign at a local landscape center
caught my attention and made me
think that the world still needs help 
 in the "get along" department.
I can still hear Rodney King
saying these words in 1991. 

Phillip planted these flowers
last weekend and will give them to
his mommy tomorrow.

       Have a beautiful Mother's Day.


  1. Happy mother's day to you too, you wonderful grandma you!!

    Love the header photo, totally made my day!

  2. I wish I had the space to let my lilacs grow as they wish. They flower much better when left alone.

    What a treat for Phillip's mom. Happy Mother's Day to all!

  3. Yeah, Phillip! Your Mom will love her flowers! Happy Mom and GrandMom day to you Donna!!!

  4. The sign is hilarious, and the Sweet Woodruff and Lilac look fabulous. Phillip's mom is sure to love those beautiful flowers.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  5. Thanks for the smiles your photos elicit ... that little lavender pail caught my eye. A wonderful, peace-filled day to you. You are often in my thoughts.

  6. Happy Mother's Day! I'm sure Phillip's gift delighted his Mum.

  7. Happy Mother's (and Grandma's) Day Donna. Lovely post. I miss lilacs down here!

  8. Happy Mother's Day! I'm so happy you posted about Sweet woodruff, I'm going to see if we can plant some on the shady part of our backyard. Lovely post!

  9. Anonymous09 May, 2010

    I can just smell those lilacs! Someday mine will be large shrubs like that, where I can harvest them to my hearts content!

  10. Your neighbors Sweet Woodruff looks really great, I love that ground cover.
    What a pretty container Phillip put together and aren't you sweet for helping him with it.
    Happy Mother's Day :)

  11. Yes, I know it's late but Happy Mother's Day Donna!

    Philip looks so proud! I bet his momma loved those flowers.

  12. Hi, Donna!

    Happy Mother's Day to you too.

    The sweet woodruff is very nice for a ground cover. This is my first time to see this plant but the next time I will go to the plant nursery I will check out if they have woodruff.
    That is so sweet of Phillip to give such beautiful flowers to his mum. I think his mum would be very happy. And I love the plant container. Nice colour.
    Thank you so much Donna for the visit and comments. I really appreciate it. We are on our last month of Autumn and the nights are getting cold.

    Enjoy your Spring and hope to see more blooms from your garden.

  13. OH, that big bank of lilacs is heavenly! I just want a chair right in front of them and a good book. Love the picture on your header too.

  14. Happy Mother's DAy to you! I love all the things you do with Philip. I am a big fan of ground cover. I think I would like Sweet Woodruff. Looking forward to the growing of your flowers and plants!

  15. Love your new header. Philip's flowers look wonderful! Thanks for all your kind comments the other day. You always make me smile.

  16. Well I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day, Donna! I spent the day doing what I love best...getting dirty in the garden! I love your header with the gardening cuties! How nice you helped Phillip plant for his mom; it is so good to get him interested in these kinds of things! I wish my old fashioned lilac would have bloomed, but it just sat there, all nice and green. I think I need to move it to a sunnier spot. That's a little hard, as most areas seem to provide more shade than sun. It's just the 2nd year in my yard so perhaps I'll wait another year & if it still doesn't bloom next year, I'll move it. I have 2 Sweet Woodruff plants that I added last summer. I didn't realize they like to spread so enthusiastically. I better do a bit more research because I have them in areas that can't afford to be overtaken. Perhaps they belong on the perimeter of the yard in areas near the fence. They do look lovely w/the blooms, in your photos!

  17. I hope you had a great Mother's Day, Donna! Phillip's mom must have been so pleased with the lovely flowers--he did a great job planting them. Seeing the lilac here makes me think I should forget about pruning my shrub. It has bloomed profusely without any help from me, and that would give me one less chore to do:)

    I hope this comment goes through; my last two seem to have wound up in cyberspace. Love your header!

  18. Hi, Donna!

    It's me again visiting you on a Thursday afternoon here. Thank you so much for always visiting my blog and always leaving sweet comments. I really appreciate it.

    Have a nice day always. Please say hello to Phillip from all of us.

  19. Do hope your Mother's Day was delightful, Donna. I have a sea of sweet woodruff drifting through my wildflower garden ... love May wine! Phillip could not be any cuter :)

  20. the photo you're using as your banner !
    and today i finally removed the fleece and have layers on instead in order to feel a bit more springy :)

  21. I'd love to try sweet woodruff some day. Such a sweet and thoughtful gift from Phillip. Hope you had a good Mom's Day!

  22. Oh gosh do send me over some of those delicious little white potpouri flowers.
    And the lilacs at your parents are breathtaking.
    I think Phillip's mom will be heavenly greatfull for flowers like this.
    Hope you had the best mothersday too. Dagmar


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