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Photos of Spring help Gardeners endure Winter

If you are like me, you begin to feel winter weary as we near the end of January. We are growing tired of cold, dreary days and the thought of suffering through another month (or more) of winter depresses us.

We keep our green thumbs busy with some indoor gardening. Seed catalogs, amaryllis and other forced bulbs, and houseplants take the place of deadheading annuals, harvesting vegetables, planting perennials, and mulching borders.

When Old Man Winter is winning our game of winter blues tug-of-war, I look through photos of spring gardens past. My journey to this virtual spring, and remembering these old friends will be back again, gives me the energy to pull that tug-of-war rope a little harder.

Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy them whenever you need a dose of spring cheer.

Bulbs are the harbingers of spring.

Crocus are among the first to bloom.
Scilla blooms in a sea of blue under the weeping willow.
Daffodils brighten the rock garden.
Chionodoxa are a favorite. After flowering, they disappear politely.
Daffodils are planted beside perennials with large foliage so their yellowing foliage is hidden.
Grape hyacinths are beautiful by the pond.

Early-blooming perennials begin the show of color in perennials borders.

Eastern shooting stars (Dodecatheon meadia) are native wildflowers.
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginiana) are ephemeral. The entire plant disappears in summer.
The small flowers of Epimedium rubrum are worth bending down to see.
Euphorbia polychroma glows in the spring landscape.
Columbine (Aquilegia spp.) is a hummingbird favorite in the spring garden.
A spring landscape can’t be without bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis).

Trees and shrubs join the spring performance.

The flowers of crabapples blanket their branches.
Magnolias boast exquisite flowers as long as spring frosts don’t get them.
The bottle brush flowers of Fothergilla bloom before the leaves unfurl.
The blooms of Viburnum juddii fill the air with their sweet fragrance.

Feeling better? I am. Spring will be here before we know it. Get ready to garden with me!

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