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Spring seems to be rushing by so quickly.  It seems it was just yesterday when I was protecting some of my more tender plants from frost.

Well, it is time for this month’s monthly bouquet.  I had no problem figuring out what flowers I would use…

'Abraham Darby' rose

My daughter’s ‘Abraham Darby’ rose is just covered in beautiful blooms.

I only wish that you could smell their incredible fragrance through the computer ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, so maybe some of you are wondering about this Monthly Garden Bouquet.  Well, here are the details below…..

If you would like to participate in this month’s MGB, here are the guidelines:

1. MGB begins on the 21st of each month and runs until the end of each month. Bouquets can be submitted during this time (or even later ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Create your own garden bouquet as fancy or simple as you like.

3. I would appreciate it if you would provide a link back to my post inside of your MGB post, but it is not required ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Add your link to Mr. Linky below and that’s it!

It can be as simple or fancy as you like.  Each month, I cannot wait to see what you all come up with.  

Some of you may remember that we planted our first family vegetable garden this spring.  The kids and I have had a great time planting the seeds, seeing the grow into full grown vegetables.  We harvested corn a couple of weeks ago and are picking cherry tomatoes daily.

Now, because this is our first garden, we have encountered some surprises.  In the spring, when we first planned on what we wanted to grow, we decided to plant some pumpkin seeds and even though it was too early to plant them (they would be ripe way before the fall).  But, the kids were so excited to be able to grow them that we went ahead….we could always plant some later in time to harvest them in the fall.

Family Vegetable Garden

Family Vegetable Garden

What we did not expect is how big the pumpkin plants have become.  We only kept 3 plants, although all the seeds we planted germinated.

The problem is that one or two pumpkin plants have escaped the confines of our vegetable garden….

Family Vegetable Garden

Now, I don’t think growing on the top of gravel is ideal, but the pumpkin plant(s) seems to like it….

Actually, they seem to love it better outside of the garden.  About 1/3 is inside of the garden and the rest is growing outside. 

Family Vegetable Garden

A couple of weeks ago, they began to flower and I was thrilled to discover a baby pumpkin starting to form.  

Guess where it is growing?

vegetable garden

Yep….right outside of the vegetable garden, nestled in dropped Bougainvillea and Palo Verde petals.

pumpkin

It is growing daily and we are so excited to have a fully ripe pumpkin in July or August.

Did I mention that I always tell clients and friends to “Do as I say, not as I do in the garden?” 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

My April bouquet is a humble one, but special to me because it is my last tribute to spring.  By this time next month, my garden will be full of summer blooms. 

My April bouquet

My purple Violas had been blooming for me since October.  Their pretty faces greet me each day by my front door.

My April bouquet

The sweet, tiny flowers of my Alyssum have sweetly perfumed the air.

My April bouquet

The beautiful, tubular flowers of my Bower Vine stand on either side of my front entry so that I am surrounded by flowers as I walk up to my home.

My April bouquet

My April bouquet

I would love it if you would come join me and other garden bloggers as we each create a bouquet from our gardens.  MGB occurs during the third week of each month.  

I can’t wait to see what bouquets you create.  

Please send me a link to your bouquet as a comment to this post and I will post your link so that others can visit you and see your bouquet.  Please visit the links below to see more beautiful April bouquets.

Catherine from A Gardener in Progress

Floridagirl at Peace in the Valley

Meredith from The Enchanted Earth  

Balisha from Never Enough Time 

Gipplandgardener from A Year in a Gippsland Garden

Jan from Thanks For Today

Patty from SewingSeeds4U 

JGH from Nyack Backyard  

and 

Deborah from Deborah’s Garden

**Update – there is still 5 days to go this week…..I would love to see your April bouquets.

**For those of you who may not have a blog, but would like to create a bouquet to share,  just email me, (use the email link on the sidebar) a photo of your bouquet and I will be happy to post it on my blog so that everyone can see your flowers.

Have a great week everyone!