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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Make No Little Flower Pots

So the container gardening season has gotten off to a bumpy start, what with the Great Daffodil Disaster of 2017. ¬†Nonetheless, I took a few days off this week and I couldn’t restrain myself from filling the pots with spring flowers. Also, I started the year with some changes to my approach to flowering containers.

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No More ‘Early Harvest’?

One of my favorite Tulips is T. kaufmanniana ‘Early Harvest’. Sure, I have lots of favorite Tulips, but ‘Early Harvest’ is really something special. First of all, it is an impressively early riser – I’ve had it blooming during the first week of April. Plus, that color – it fairly glows in the fresh spring sunshine.

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‘Early Harvest’ this year in the Lamppost Bed.¬†

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And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Not walls exactly, just one of the sides of the Driveway Border. When the snow melted this spring, it revealed that a bunch of the pavers used to create this border had fallen over.

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Ecological Gardening Still Fashionable in Chicago

Millenium Park, which includes the Lurie Garden, has displaced Navy Pier as the top tourist attraction in the American Midwest (both are in Chicago). Today’s Chicago Tribune tells us that Millenium Park was visited by nearly 13 million people in the second half of 2016, while Navy Pier had 9 million visitors for the entire year.

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Lurie Garden’s River of Salvia

 

 

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