Heralding the arrival of spring are the bell-shaped flowers of Virginia bluebells. Native to most of central and eastern North America, they have painted woodlands sapphire blue in April for hundreds of years. In Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book 1766 – 1824, Jefferson writes of “bluish colored, funnel-formed flowers in lowgrounds in bloom.” Mertensia virginica, commonly… Continue reading Virginia bluebells announce arrival of spring!
We are all well aware the current warmer-than-normal temperatures will take a nose-dive before spring arrives for good. These bouts of pseudo spring are savored, but when the mercury retreats in the thermometer we are disheartened. It is in those times my favorite photos from last spring lift my spirits and remind me of what’s… Continue reading Enjoy photos from last spring’s garden.