A Bit of Tender Spring Green

So I arrived in Baltimore last night and right now Judy and I are staying with friends in the small town of Dayton, Maryland. Our plan for the day was to see the Azaleas at the National Arboretum. Problem is, it’s raining.

While we’re waiting for the rain to stop, here are some tender green leaves from the last weekend in our garden.


Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa).


Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica). Don’t the leaves look like they should be delicious in a salad? Don’t try it, though, they’re not edible.


Wild Ginger (Asarum canadensis). Smells like ginger, but sadly not the real thing.


New leaves of our ‘Donald Wyman’ Crabapple.

I’m linking (a bit late) to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, sponsored by Christina of My Hesperides Garden. Pay her a visit for a peek at more beautiful spring foliage.

30 Comments on “A Bit of Tender Spring Green

  1. Even without the lovely flower, Mertensia virginica would be worth growing for the foliage alone. enjoy your trip and thank you for taking time to join GBFD.

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Virginia Bluebells before, what very pretty flowers. As for the inedible leaves looking good enough for a salad, that’s exactly what I thought about a gerbera I was recently given: another plant with inedible leaves, but it did look very salady!

    • Virginia Bluebells are not difficult to grow. Their only drawback is that the foliage can be rather messy and obtrusive as it dies back.

  3. Last weekend was too hot, this weekend it’s raining. We gardeners are never satisfied but you pointed your camera in some nice directions.

  4. I think we had that rain yesterday. Hope you make it to see the azaleas. The bluebells are so wonderful. They’re very short-lived in my garden.

    • The flowers don’t last long for me either, but the foliage takes its sweet time going dormant – not always looking especially good.

  5. Your Virginia Bluebells are going to be a glorious show shortly. Meanwhile, I hope that you get to see the azaleas in some sunshine. Have fun.

  6. In my garden that fresh green color means spring has absolutely arrived! What a joy fresh leaves bring each year.

  7. Ah! so spring is also there in Chicago now. It has come early everywhere in the US I think. It must be so refreshing to see all these new greens

  8. Those leaves look far more tender than my lettuce! Good to see your new growth, it’s freezing here and hailing…..what strange weather we’re having. Enjoy your stay in Baltimore.xxx

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