Virginia Bluebells

April 18, 2013

Virginia Bluebell, Mertensia virginica, is my favorite spring ephemeral. It covers low lying woodlands with a blue haze of color in April. It cheers on spring in our perennial gardens, and makes a perfect companion for my pink Narcissus. And then, like all good ephemerals, Mertensia goes dormant with little a trace by summer.

Virginia Bluebells

April 18, 2013

Virginia Bluebell, Mertensia virginica, is my favorite spring ephemeral. It covers low lying woodlands with a blue haze of color in April. It cheers on spring in our perennial gardens, and makes a perfect companion for my pink Narcissus. And then, like all good ephemerals, Mertensia goes dormant with little a trace by summer.

Onion Snow

March 25, 2013

“Onion snow” is one of those Pennsylvania Dutch phrases my grandfather used to describe a late snow, after the first day of spring. Like today, March 25th, the onion snow came just about the time for him to plant onions. In his case, he planted onion sets bought at our local farm bureau.

Onion Snow

March 25, 2013

“Onion snow” is one of those Pennsylvania Dutch phrases my grandfather used to describe a late snow, after the first day of spring. Like today, March 25th, the onion snow came just about the time for him to plant onions. In his case, he planted onion sets bought at our local farm bureau.

On this first day of spring a cold wind blows through the garden and snow flurries hold onto a season best forgotten.  And still the Snowdrop and the Hellebore push forth to defy the cold.

On this first day of spring a cold wind blows through the garden and snow flurries hold onto a season best forgotten.  And still the Snowdrop and the Hellebore push forth to defy the cold.

Woodland Gardens

March 08, 2013

Turn a tree covered patch of land into a woodland santuary.

Even a concrete jungle can become a garden. Enhance any space with pots and window boxes.

Summer bulbs

March 08, 2013

Tender summer flowering bulbs like Cannas and Dahlias add a long season of interest and color to your garden.  The bulbs can be lifted and stored in fall to be reused again each season.

Spring bulb displays

March 08, 2013

Spring bulbs like these orange tulips can set off evergreens and bring a smile to your face in April and May.

Rose gardens

March 08, 2013

Antique and shrub roses were used to create this appealing walled rose garden.

Rock gardens

March 08, 2013

Turn a hard to maintain spot into a rock garden.

Perennial gardens

March 08, 2013

A well designed perennial garden can give years of color with only one planting.

Mixed borders

March 08, 2013

This border combines beautiful tender bulbs; Dahlia and Canna with perennials such as Day Lilies, oranmental grasses and curb appealing annuals.

Caryopteris, sedum and pennisetum make a great low maintenance display.

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