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Spring, up close

3 march 2016

This is one of my favorite plants in our yard, simply because it was a beautiful surprise. It was a volunteer plant that into a lovely tree. There is no other like it in our yard. We do have a wild cherry tree, but it has racemes of white flowers, unlike these delicate pink blooms. I do believe it is a cherry tree of some variety, but not sure.

oak leaf hydrangea leaves

Further up hill, along the lower path in the front yard, is a pair of Oak Leaf Hydrangea bushes that are starting to leaf out. They have such interesting texture: the new leaves are hairy and the the trunk have exfoliating bark. Later, there will be fabulous clusters of white blooms.

Lining the path is a low stone retaining wall, almost more of a border. Tucked in the crevice of several stones was a small one with moss growing on and around it. The little sporophytes in the picture on the left were sunlit and caught my eye when walking down the path. When looking at the pictures on the computer I could zoom in further and I saw another tiny little moss world underneath the small stone, which is the picture on the right.

bee and pieris andromeda

On the upper path, there is the Pieris andromeda, which was pictured in the previous post as well. While it is in bloom, you can hear when you are near the bush because of the drone of bees that the flowers attract. Here is one of the bees hovering over the blooms just before it lands.

yellow flower gournd cover

At the base of the the bush is a plant that I don’t know the name of, but suspect it is in the marsh marigold family. It has very shiny flowers and leaves that make almost appear to be plastic.

blue flag iris seeds

On the other side of the bush is a small area that tends to be wetter than the rest of the yard because this is where a couple of drain pipes empty. So, plants like blue flag iris do well here. These are seed pods that have opened but the seeds have not fallen out yet. Maybe it might be worth trying to grow some from seed.

bloodroot flowers

And the last picture is from the back yard. The charming white flowers of the perennial Blood Root come up and bloom before the leaves unfurl. Each plant has a single basal leaf, a leaf that arises from the base of the stem. They are snow white on top with a blush of pink on the underside. I saved this picture for last since this is one of my more cherished plants and one of my better pictures of it.





Almost Spring

It is almost Spring. Even though we had snow several days ago, the plants in our yard are telling me it is almost Spring.

My body also tells me winter is passing. It is difficult for me to tolerate the cold, so not much time was spent in the yard this winter, hence the lack of posts to this blog for a while.

The weather was beautiful here today- a lovely spring like day. It was good day for working in the yard  and for wandering around to enjoy the landscape. Both working in the yard and taking pictures of the yard provide me with excuses to spend time admiring nature.


helleborus bloom

The modest green blooms of the helleborus will soon give way to seeding and be out-shined by the brighter colors of spring blooming flowers in the yard.

daffodil bloom

One of the first plants to bloom in our yard is the daffodil, providing bright splashes of yellow scattered around the yard.

pieris andromeda

The Pieris Andromeda is just starting to bloom. This clump of flowers is one of the first to open on the bush. They have charming bell shaped pendulous racemes.

Jordan's Pride camillia bloom

Our Jordan’s Pride camellia got a severe pruning  last year, so I was surprised to see that it had any blooms on it this year.

tulip leaves

Tulip leaves are up. I have no idea what color the flowers will be, so it will be a nice surprise when they come up. One of the tulip leaves had to be rescued from an oak leaf. The leaf had grown through a hole in the oak leaf and was constricting the tulip leaf.

mums spring growth

The dormant perennials in the container garden are starting to leaf out. The mums in the large pot are first. Years ago, when these mums were purchased, we did not know if they would survive winter here, but they return each year and provide a nice display of white blooms. The hostas in the long planter are just tiny little tips that were too difficult to photograph.

lily seedlings

In the pot around a sedum plant, I planted bulbils collected from our Tiger Lilies. These were planted last year and they have just sprouted. They will probably have to be transplanted from the pot sometime this spring. Otherwise they will hide the sedum.

Today, I looked for and found Spring in our yard. I also found plenty of yardwork that needs to be done. This was the third day of cutting back liriope, which has to be done by hand and is not yet done.

The next garden project will be planting some gladiolus bulbs in pots. I’m thinking of layering them with other bulb to have an extended blooming time.

Winter into Spring

Bare branches,

oak leaf hydrangea branches

dried flowers

oak leaf hydrange blooms

and bare ground

getting veggie garden ready

are giving way to the flowering of Spring.

jordan's pride camilia blooms

Although this camellia bloom looks to have been kissed by Jack Frost, it is my hope that since this is the first of the camellia blooms to open, that the others will fare better. It is Jordan’s Pride, which I planted about 20 years ago, and is still going strong.

pieris andromeda blooms

The blooms of the Pieris Andromeda are always a welcome sight as it is one of the first things to bloom in our yard, letting me know that Spring is really here even when the weather is deceiving. The weather forecast for our area has a mix of rain and snow in store for us tomorrow.

daffodil bloom

When our daffodils finally decided to bloom, a little late this year, they did so all at once. This is lone daffodil nodding in the sunlight that caught my eye. My grandmother, who loved her flowers, thought yellow was a cheerful color. I can see why as it is a bright splash of Spring on a chilly day when not much else in the garden offers color.

blood root blooms

I saved this picture for last as it is my favorite. These are blooms of blood root that have yet to open. When they do, they will be snow white. But for now, their delicate pale pink petals, still closed hold promise. If you don’t know, Blood Root is named for the obvious reason that the roots of the plant are blood red. It is a charming little plant that likes to reside in the shade. Here it is just under the canopy of a rhododendron bush.