Every year I like to give a little push for 2 native Currants that, I believe, could be more widely utilized in home landscapes.

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Clove Currant

This is the second year in a row we’ve been visited by a pair of Scarlet Tanagers. Yay!

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When we moved into our current house, the front foundation planting consisted of clipped Japanese Yews (Taxus cuspidata). One of the first things I did was cut down the Yews and replace them with a planting of Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and various shade perennials.

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So our garden’s tulips really are at their peak now, and I can’t let the moment go without one more post.

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A happy Mother’s Day to you. We celebrated Mother’s Day pandemic-style, with our offspring and their partners via a zoom brunch. It was a jolly online gathering.

Let’s move on to seed starting. With one exception, germination has gone well and the seedlings are healthy. We are growing Zinnias (3 varieties), Marigolds (2 varieties), Mexican Sunflower (species and 1 variety), ‘Italian White’ Sunflowers, plus several herbs: dill, cilantro, parsley, and basil (Thai and Genoese).

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We’ve hit the high point of Tulip season in our garden.

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We have an amazing Tulip post coming, but I’m not posting it until Wednesday because 1) Judy took so many beautiful pictures of Tulips that even after I whittled them down, there were still almost 50 which is too many, so I need to work some more on photo elimination; and 2) we have bird news.

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Baltimore Oriole at the feeder

We should really tear ourselves away from the Tulips out front and catch up on what’s happening in the Back Garden. For most of the year this is the shady part of the garden, but to date the tall trees have just barely started to leaf out.

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The spring floral parade marches on, abetted by the seasonally mild weather of the last few days.

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A couple of years ago the rabbits in our garden discovered that they had a yen for our Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica). This was more than a little upsetting, as Virginia Bluebells are probably my favorite native spring ephemeral.

Virginia Bluebells

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