In Bloom

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Our garden grows golden today.

Bright yellow Forsythia flowers explode from the bare branches which frame our driveway, line our front border, and grow as an impenetrable barrier on one corner of the garden.  This is an ancient stand of Forsythia, planted decades ago by the original gardeners here.

Towering over our heads, its brilliance lights up the entire garden when it blooms.


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Waves of golden daffodils punctuate the rolling hillside.  Although many have naturalized over the decades in large clumps, we have planted new bulbs every autumn since we came here.

It is interesting to watch the clumps grow each year from a single stem to a thriving colony of bright flowers.



We are about at ‘mid-season’ now for daffodils, and we’ll enjoy them throughout April.


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We plan to drive up to Gloucester next week to visit the daffodil farm there, and perhaps select a few new varieties to plant this autumn coming.


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The daffodils bloomed even before the Muscari this spring.  We have both white and blue ones blooming now.

Our Magnolia liliflora ‘Nigra’ began to open yesterday in the afternoon’s warm sunshine.


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These were also planted by earlier gardeners here, much to our delight.  Their dark purple flowers open slowly over several weeks in spring, and often return at the end of summer for a second time.


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We planted a Magnolia stellata this week, covered in buds.  While one might expect a white shrub to get lost in our woods, it shines like a beacon.  I can only imagine how lovely it will be in a few year’s time when it has grown up.


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Trees have burst into bloom in the back garden.  The peach blossoms began to open overnight, and the apple and pear showed their first color late in the afternoon yesterday.


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This is that magical time when our entire garden bursts into bloom.


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All of the Vinca vines cover themselves in tiny periwinkle flowers, opening a few more each day.


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These spread themselves all around the garden, wherever there is a bit of bare ground. And all of the Hellebores are blooming now in various shades of burgundy, pink, mauve, and white.  Even several planted out as tiny seedlings last spring have matured enough to flower.


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The Edgeworthia continues to get better, sweetly fragrant and tipped in golden yellow.  Lilac shrubs stand full of buds.


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Violas in pots have taken courage from the softer weather to grow again and cover themselves in flowers.  Even the Camellia japonica buds are opening to release their thick, waxy petals into the warmth of April.


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I hope you can feel the warmth and smell the sweetness of our spring breezes this evening.


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Each day, we become more aware of that fourth dimension in which we move:  time.

Some days time slows down and allows us to savor time spent enjoying the company of friends.  An hour stretches out into a long, languorous visit of good conversation and laughter.

Other days, hours seem to evaporate into nothingness as we clean out beds, plant, prune, and plan what will go where this spring….


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If photos allow us to capture a moment in time, they give us some measure of power over all four of the dimensions which structure our lives.  We can capture all four in only two-

The world is full of miracles and wonders.


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 Happy Spring!


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Woodland Gnome 2015

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27 responses to “In Bloom

  1. I enjoyed your tour through the garden very much! It is pure joy to see the planets come alive again with sweet flowers and delicate leaves. It is so beautiful in your garden! Forsythia has bloomed here this week and many plants have near-to-bursting buds, so we won’t be long! Blessings to you, Sarah

    • Happy Easter, Sarah 😉 I’m glad your Forsythia has bloomed, and your trees are nearly there. It won’t be long now before your garden fills with flowers, also 😉 Blessings to you, WG

  2. Thank you for that glorious garden tour – I can really feel the warmth and smell the sweet scents of moist earth and blossoms. I am living vicariously through you! Our snow is going fast now and it won’t be long before the bulbs are up around here, too! Have a wonderful Easter Day!

    • Thank you, Eliza. Please enjoy the beauty of it all- and I promise to not send any vicarious garden chores your way 😉 Now that the weather feels settled, the ‘to do’ list is materializing in my brain. I know you know 😉

      • LOL – thanks for that, I’m sure to have my very own soon. 😉

        • I’m sure your fingers are itching to get started with them, too 😉

          • First day out doing yard work! I might be sore tomorrow 😉 but it felt good to get stuff done. It was windy and cold – but I still managed to work up a sweat. We worked on the 70’L x 10’H hedge that shields us from the road. The plows do a number on it every winter, so a lot has to be cut back. Still have 25% left – my arms gave out!
            Did a little cleaning up in the only bed (next to the front walk ) that no longer has snow on it and cut down the Alberta spruce that I planted 23 years ago that was winter killed – I thanked it for its many years of service. Time to move on. “Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky.”

            • Oh, that last line brings back memories! I saw them in concert around 1978 in Richmond. I love Kansas. And their songs were filled with truth. I’m sorry for your loss, Eliza, and know you will fill the space with beauty again. So very happy that you were able to get about the business of spring clean up at last. Even though you will be sore tomorrow, it is honest, joyful soreness when we get back to our garden routines 😉 I hope your hedge grows back by early summer. I brought out many of the hanging baskets today- fed them, cleaned them up some, and have them hanging in a sheltered area under the deck while they acclimate to being outdoors again. I’m bringing a few more things back outside each day. Does your bed have bulbs and perennials? I hope you’ll find daffodil leaves under the snow as it melts 😉 Happy Easter! WG

              • Not too sore today, just a little creaky! 😉 The only bulbs in the bed are the pink tulips I featured a couple posts back. Their leaves are up. It’s mostly perennials that I cut back, I still have a few patches of snow on it, so will rake later. Yes, I will plant something else, probably herbaceous until the old stump can be dealt with. There is a cotoneaster that will be allowed to spread over the site, but I’m not inclined to replace the spruce with another shrub. I kind of like seeing the open space again.
                So you are frost free now? You’ve 6 weeks on me, at least. It is not unusual to have light frost in late May. I can wait, there is plenty to see and do in the meantime with the perennials. 🙂

  3. Nice to see your garden all dressed up in its Easter finery.

  4. Spring has indeed sprang, WG. Even here in the UK we are awash with golden colours of the Spring flowering bulbs now. My earlier comments about my favourite flower, the daffodil, were unfounded and it is doing very well now.

  5. Oh my you have such an array of beauty bursting everywhere! How wonderful it must be to just stroll around your place! Happy spring! 🙂

    • Thank you, Koko. Strolling around is nice- but normally with clippers in hand 😉 There is always more to do. Several new varieties bloomed today while I was away. I’m hoping tomorrow is a good day for photos. Happy Spring 😉

  6. Oh, just glorious, dear WG. You have a brilliant collection of daffodils. I am inspired to add more variety to my own. Happy Easter to you and yours.

    • Happy Easter to you, too, Barbara. We ran into a gentleman this week who organizes a ‘fly in’ bluegrass festival at the middle peninsula air field in late June. Of course I thought of you two right off the bat. If you aren’t aware of it, I will email the details to you. We want to attend. How nice it would be to meet up there if you are interested 😉 It is a benefit for the ACS

  7. Welcome to spring. Ain’t it grand!

  8. Happy Spring to you too! You seem to be in the midst of all the spring blooms. We still have a few days to wait but a warm week is forecast and we will see a similar explosion of greenery I think. I do love that white Magnolia.

    • Explosion is the accurate word. Bare branches for so long…. then they all explode into life again 😉 It took about a week of warmer weather for our trees to respond. Our last freezing night was last Saturday night, and none are in the 10 day. We think we may be “home free” for another season… On another note… have you seen the garden bloggers’ calendar badge on John’s blog? I followed it last night and plan to add it to my site within the next few days. Tina and her partner have done a wonderful job with this ! Happy Easter! WG

    • Explosion is the accurate word. Bare branches for so long…. then they all explode into life again 😉 It took about a week of warmer weather for our trees to respond. Our last freezing night was last Saturday night, and none are in the 10 day. We think we may be “home free” for another season… On another note… have you seen the garden bloggers’ calendar badge on John’s blog? I followed it last night and plan to add it to my site within the next few days. There are so many interesting ideas to follow here 😉 Hope you have a good day there for being out of doors and enjoying life 😉

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