Bluebells and Bleeding Hearts

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) are among the most endearing blooms of spring.

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Tulip Report for Late April: Meh

It’s been a good year for Crabapples and Daffodils, but less than stellar when it comes to Tulips. Which is disappointing, because I look forward keenly to Tulip season every spring.

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Path to our front door around the middle of last week. 

 

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The Lurie Garden Bee Hives

So guess what? Judy and I were invited to see the bee hives at the Lurie Garden. We visited during our lunch break last week.

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I Love Flowering Crabapples

When it comes to small flowering trees, is there anything better than the Crabapple (Malus sp.)? Of course not – I’m glad you agree. And my ‘Donald Wyman’ flowering crab is especially lovable this year. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this tree so full of blooms.

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A Daffodil Turning Point

When historians write about our garden, clearly they will divide my work with Daffodils into two periods: BC (Before Colorblends) and CE (Colorblends Era).

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Farewell to the Mt. Cuba Center

There’s lots going on in Chicago right now that I’m impatient to share, but I have to do one more post on the Mt. Cuba Center.

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A Throng of Spring Flowers at the Mt. Cuba Center

Beyond the Trilliums and Trout Lilies, Mt. Cuba Center was bursting with a multitude of spring blooms, mostly ephemerals. Below you’ll find just some of the many species we found (some of the IDs are shakier than others, corrections are always appreciated).

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Trout Lilies and Trilliums, Tra La!

So these past few days Judy and I have been staying with friends who live outside of Baltimore. On Friday we had an expedition to the Mt. Cuba Center near Wilmington, Delaware. This is a sort of botanical garden dedicated to the native plants of the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Yellow Trout Lily

There’s lots from Mt. Cuba to show you, but for this post I’d like to focus on the Trout Lilies and Trilliums. These are, to my mind, the most glamorous of the North American woodland ephemerals. Seeing so many at the same time in the same place was a rare treat.

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Spicebush and Forsythia

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) and Forsythia, two shrubs that burst into yellow flowers in early spring. They seem to exemplify two different styles in the garden.

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Spicebush in the back garden.

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April Bloom Day

Happy Bloom Day! This is the first Bloom Day of the year I’m participating in, for the simple reason that it’s the first one where I have any blooms.

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