The final days of a calendar year invite reflection. As I was beginning to make plans and set goals for my landscape in 2018, I spent some time reviewing the past season by organizing plant labels and garden center receipts, reading entries in my garden journal, and looking through all of the photographs taken of… Continue reading 2017 Garden Reflections
When people think about spring-flowering bulbs, daffodils and tulips are most likely the first types that come to mind. And maybe these bold and beautiful, large-flowered bulbs deserve the starring role, but minor bulbs are worthy of a part in the show as the curtain rises on spring. The minor bulbs are called minor because… Continue reading Minor Bulbs Have Major Impact
Pollinators and the flowers that attract them live together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Flowers attract pollinators to ensure pollination; pollinators seek out flowers for lunch. After a long winter, the first spring flowers emerge from the soil offering sustenance to early risers. To establish a resident pollinator population in the landscape, provide the earliest… Continue reading Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators
The first bulbs to bloom in my garden are snowdrops. They started blooming earlier this year than I can ever remember – February 10th in my garden – as a result of several unseasonably warm days. Unlike Puxsutawney Phil who prognosticated six more weeks of winter and went back to sleep, snowdrops took a leap… Continue reading Snowdrops are blooming!
Although we may still have some winter-like days ahead, spring seems to be arriving early this year. I took a walk through my gardens to see what the warmer temperatures have encouraged, and I was pleased to see signs of spring everywhere. Let’s take a walk together. In the rock garden, crocus foliage is emerging.… Continue reading Take a very early spring walk through my landscape.