“Time waits for no man,” may be the well-known saying, but when I arrived home Monday evening, after five days in Austin, I thought, “The garden waits not for its gardener,” was a much more appropriate sentiment. When I opened the car door, I was enveloped in the sweet perfume of Viburnum juddii. I breathed… Continue reading The Garden Waits Not for Its Gardener
My mom shared stories of dancing around the maypole and choosing a May queen. My own kids planted baskets of flowers, put them on the doorsteps of neighbors, rang their doorbells and ran away before they could answer their doors. Originally, May Day was a pagan holiday to celebrate the beginning of summer. It was… Continue reading May Day Garden Walk
I don’t know about you, but I am sick of winter. I’ve studied seed catalogs and ordered seeds. I’ve edited my plant wish lists. I’ve grown amaryllis, cared for poinsettias and Christmas cactus, started forcing bulbs, and it won’t be long before seed starting begins. But I need spring! I need to be outside. I… Continue reading Spring can’t get here fast enough!
In April, Podophyllum peltatum rises from the ground, resembling a tightly-closed umbrella. As each stem lengthens to a foot tall or a bit taller, the leaves unfurl and the ‘umbrella’ opens. It sounds like a really interesting plant, doesn’t it? Called mayapples because of their apple-blossom-like flowers that bloom in May, they are one of… Continue reading Mayapples