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What’s Blooming: Currants and Princes


Each spring morning, early, my attention is drawn to the Woodland Edge outside my kitchen and back porch windows. The Bird & Butterfly Garden was my focus not so long ago with its yellow fields of Daffodils, Forsythia, and unfortunately this year, rabbit ridden Crocus. The variety of Daffodils I purchased from Bluestone bloom from early spring on. I particularly love this double blooming white variety with its heavy fragrance that is blooming right now.


The adjacent Woodland Edge that I inevitably gravitate towards, reveals a tapestry of bulbs and native wildflowers that I hope to enhance over time by adding Bluebells, Shooting Stars, Bloodroot, Trout Lily and more to what already exists. The morning sun streams through the neighboring Maples and Elders to light up this “forest floor” that begs closer inspection.


Bergenia, Forget-me-nots, Daffodils, wild Violets and Summer Snowflakes in the Woodland Edge


Summer Snowflake, Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ and wild strawberries


Ferns and Forget-me-nots


Bergenia, Daffodils and wild Violets in the Woodland Edge

Tulips bloom, limited to the front and drive where wildlife treads lightly. In the back gardens, Woodland Tulips stand tall in spite of the rabbits and chipmunks.


Woodland Tulip (Tulipa Sylvestris) and Woodland Phlox


Tulips along the Nice Driveway. Poppies will bloom next.


Tulips in front, the “Riverfront,” among Creeping Phlox

The Riverfront, in spite of the need for a quick edging, is looking like the “waves” I imagine and that I hope to embellish in the future.


Waves of Snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), Sea Holly (Eryngium), Creeping Jenny, Ajuga and Lamb’s Ear in the Riverfront garden

Also in front, street side, Purple Prince crabapple just opened. I hope the hummingbirds aren’t far behind. Last year they arrived in time with the crabapple blooms. This year they are later, arriving earlier in my garden May 3rd in 2012.


Crabapple ‘Purple Prince’

Graceful arches of Bleeding Heart and Solomon’s Seal blooming in the newest section of the garden, Hosta Row.


Solomon’s Seal


Bleeding Heart, Dicentra

On the southwest side of the house, a part of the garden I rarely linger as it faces our neighbor’s wide open lawn, Clove Currant shrubs are loaded with blooms. Their fragrance is intoxicating and enjoyed through the windows and when seated on the front porch.


Clove Currant, Ribes odoratum, Ajuga, and the have-to-live-with-it-no-getting-rid-of-it Bishop’s Weed

I cannot believe it is already that time again, the 15th of the month, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. But here it is and I am grateful to have blooms to share. I enjoy the spring garden. So much happens. There is much to see every day, sometimes twice. You can see more by visiting Carol’s site.

Author: Kathy Sturr

Artist, master gardener, plant-based chef. Florida's Nature Coast / Indian River Lakes, NY

11 thoughts on “What’s Blooming: Currants and Princes

  1. Wow, such beautiful gardens! Thanks for sharing your photos with us!

  2. Your garden is always so full and lush…I just love it…that shot of the Forget-Me-Nots is divine!

  3. Your gardens are lovely!

  4. Kathy such beautiful blooms in your garden…if you ever make it down this way, stop by as I am 2 minutes off Rt 81…I would love to give you some native wildflowers to take back with you…with my impending retirement you will find me out in the garden most days.

    • Thank you Donna! What exit off 81? Congratulations on your retirement! I bet you are looking so forward to long gardening days – I sure would be. You should see me trying to schedule my day to cram all my work in so I can get out there – crazy! I could bring you some Borage – again, I have many volunteers.

  5. Hi Kathy, I love the idea of thinking about gardens as tapestries. Your wildflower meadow is looking divine, wonderful colour and height combinations. I have Lambs ear and wish I could grow ajuga to go with it, but I think ajuga isn’t tough enough for my tough love so I’ll have to think of something else that is that brilliant blue.

    • Thank you Catmint. Ajuga is a pretty tough customer in my garden – if I were you, I would give it a go. I must say though that I think it’s invasive in many areas. I love it along my driveway because it keeps out the crabgrass that likes to grow along the edge. I just came across a lime colored lambs ear! I think I need to try … can’t remember where but you could google.

      • I did try ajuga many years ago. It wasn’t happy. In your case sounds like a perfect edging plant. Lime coloured lambs ear! Thanks for the tip. They could divine intertwining with the grey form.

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