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  • Garden Blogger Bloom Day – April 2010

    April 15, 2010

    April is quite often one of the easiest months to find a bounty of garden blooms.

    Arisaema species - A New Edition the Grower Claims is from Heronswood

    Arisaema species - A New Addition to The Garden Mentor Garden; the Grower Claims it originated from Heronswood

    One of the most consistent requests I get when working with new clients is to help them create gardens with year-round interest. They complain that they enjoy a  beautiful spring bloom followed by nothing during the rest of the season.

    Although I strive to create year-round interest in the garden, I must admit, I’m in love with spring blossoms. It is the time of awakening. The textures are delicate, if tough. The colors are brilliant and often shimmering with translucence. Rain falls and glistens on foliage and flowers. Winds and hail, well, sometimes they beat the crap out of the new growth, making blossoms that much more ephemeral. Still, spring reminds me to look closely, breathe deeply and welcome the sunny, warm months ahead. I love it!

    If your garden isn’t blooming right now, or even if it is, perhaps you’ll find some inspiration in the multitude of flowering hardy shrubs, perennials and ground covers that follow.

    And don’t forget the ferns! Ferns may not bloom, but they are absolutely stunning this time of year as their fiddleheads unfurl. Plus, they add unique texture and form to the garden that isn’t always achieved with other plants. And, many are evergreen, adding color and interest to the garden even in the dead of winter.

    Although a few annuals and several other hardy plants in my garden and in the surrounding landscape are blooming, I selected a few of my favorites, which follow. Enjoy!

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  • Garden Blogger Bloom Day – March 2010

    March 15, 2010

    Wow! It’s March 15th again – the Ides of March? I’m ruled by Mars, or so the horoscope says, so let’s celebrate with images of the beauty of spring marching forth. Enjoy!

    Honey bees have decided Manzanita is a Favorite Meal

    Honey bees have decided Manzanita is a Favorite Meal

    Helleborus, Bleeding Heart and Brunnera Blooming Near the Honey Hive

    Helleborus, Bleeding Heart and Brunnera Blooming Near the Honey Hive

    Daphne odora - No Longer on My Evergreen Shrub List, yet Fragrant & Lovely

    Daphne odora - No Longer on My Evergreen Shrub List, yet Fragrant & Lovely

    Epimedium with Ribes sanguineum in the background

    Epimedium with Ribes sanguineum in the background

    Camellia japonica behind First-Blooming Rhodie

    Camellia japonica behind First-Blooming Rhodie

    Acer triflorum - Three Flowers Per Cluster as promised

    Acer triflorum - Three Flowers Per Cluster as promised

    Helleborus: How I wish you were less shy and would face up toward the sky!

    Helleborus: How I wish you were less shy and would face up toward the sky!