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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.



What’s Growing

Inside my seedlings continue to grow. The scarlet runner and purple hyacinth beans are really taking off. I’ve had to pot them up. I need to address the tomatoes next. They really should be potted up. The peppers are just starting. I had been putting all these seedlings outside on my covered front porch a couple hours a day for better sun but it has stayed so cold here that some of them actually shriveled right up and died! (Sort of like spring.) I have been keeping them indoors all day since then. Most bounced right back. Hopefully next week will warm up a bit. I am sure they can’t wait to get their roots into the earth. How hopeful I am when I look at these starts and think of Earth Day. What better way to celebrate than to expand the garden, feed its soil and us, too!

Outside (in the near freezing cold) my milk jug plantings are just sprouting – so far hyssop and larkspur.

Back in the potager, things are starting to happen.


Garlic Chives & Chives

Snap Peas

This year I planted my peas really early after reading that in the Northeast, peas should be planted after St. Patrick’s Day. I think that may be why my peas have not always done so well. Hopefully, this year, starting out in the cold (and it is c-c-cold), they will do better. We sure will find out!


Frosty Morning

Wild Strawberries, Oakleaf Hydrangea ‘Alice’
Cornus Mas, Cornelian Cherry
Heuchera Purple Palace, Sugar Maple Leaves
Lamium ‘Orchid Frost’, Blue Spruce
Calendula ‘Flashback’
Rose Mallow