Thursday, March 23, 2017

What is it Wednesday one of my favorites....

WINDFLOWERS (Anemone spp)

I love my Windflowers. I am so happy that someone many years ago planted a couple bulbs. Now my garden is full of these little beauties and I love that they extend out in my yard. They spread and bloom before the first mow, so all is good. 

They have daisy-like flowers that bloom above their fern foliage. It is a very low growing plant but just seems to lite up the spring garden. The blend between purple and white blooms is captivating. They blend so tremendously with all my daffodils in bloom, it makes a wonderful addition to any spring garden. 

Plus, my bees are all over them. A must needed early nectar flower. 

I hope you will find the bulb and plant some…they are very special. 

I am betting you can find them at White Flower Farm. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Made the cover again, plus two articles inside....pick it up.  Lots of great information inside and some beautiful pictures.

What is it Wednesday?

Blooming today in my garden and "bee-ing enjoyed"    Check tomorrow for the answer.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful Bridal Wreath Spirea

This is Breathtakingly Beautiful Bridal Wreath Spirea. (Spiraea prunifolia).  

I really cannot verify what the exact variety of my particular shrub because it was here when I brought this property 20 some years ago. I love it for so many reasons. When this shrub is in full bloom it resembles a fountain of amazing small clusters of white flowers. The blooms extend all the way down the arching canes. 

The name comes from the fact that the canes thru the ages have been shaped into a wreath and worn by brides as a headdress for the special day. Very Special!!

I transplanted a great deal of this shrub to the back fence row about 10 years ago. Now it puts on such an impressive show.  My variety grows to over 6 ft tall and is very full. It seems to prefer full sun but does fine in partial shade.  They love it out in the field and it provides such a beautiful screen along the fence row.  
This shrub easily transplanted and by doing this task, it allowed my Kerria japonica with its yellow puff blooms to magnificently fill in the gaps. Making for quite an impressive show in the spring. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Think about it Thursday???

This beauty is blooming now in  my garden, while at least it was before the cold snap. What do you think this shrub is?????

Answer tomorrow!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Love my Sweet Mock-orange

Thanks for all who chimed in on the picture I posted for "Think About It Thursday".  I hope you will think about putting this plant in your gardens...

I believe that this early bloomer is a Sweet Mock-orange Bush. It was already thriving here when we bought this property over 20 some years ago. I am not positive of the variety. It definitely is an older variety as the blossoms are single, delicate and breathtakingly fragrant.  So I am going with (Philadelphus coronarius).  However since this bush was first cultivated in1560, I am not putting a bet on this assumption. 
This variety is hardy in Zone 4-8. It is a very rapid grower . It can grow as much as 24” a year. Several years ago, after a very cold winter, I gave mine a  needed haircut. That has resulted in a more compact, more attractive bush and actually more blooms. 
This bush needs at least 4 hours of direct sun a day. So partial shade will do. It lives very happily in one of my “island gardens.”  This area shines in the spring as it has Forsythia and many different varieties of daffodils. In the summer this area host a wonderful Smoke Tree and a Japanese Red Maple that comes into its own under the shade of the Mock-orange. The daffodils are hidden under a wonderful living mulch of ferns. So little mulch is needed. Finally a very old Holly gives me shiny green leaves and bright red berries. My little “island garden” shines all year long. 

Some feel this shrub is boring except for the two weeks of blooms. But I love it for many good reasons. # 1 being my Mother had one in her garden and she was so happy to see one in my landscape.  Plus, according to Doug Tallamy, certain varieties of this shrub fit right into my mission to transition amy gardens over to more native plants. This shrub provides cover for wildlife, nest sites for birds, pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies and food for caterpillars. So what is not to love about Mock-Orange?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Blooms on February 20th!!

I am going to let these photos speak for themselves.... Is it really only February 20th?  I hope we are not in for a wicked March, because February has been delightful!!


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