I heard that lovely “beep…beep…beep” sound today that I associate with spring. No, it wasn’t a bird call. It was Chris, my UPS driver backing up after dropping off two big boxes of flower bulbs for my Maryland garden.

Spring! I love to walk around with the little dogs and see the garden awake.

Young yoshino cherry tree

Young yoshino cherry tree

I snapped my annual shot of a cute Papillion next to the young, flowering yoshino cherry tree. This year’s supermodel is Sarah.



The mixed daffodil bulbs are up and blooming by the driveway and near the hay field. There is a house I pass on the way to town with thousands of daffodils—all of the same variety. It’s quite a display. But I love the mix of all the different types of daffodils all mingled together. You can’t see them in this photo, but there are bunches of little muscari bulbs mingled among the daffs.

The edgeworthia that began blooming several months ago will soon be losing its flowers. This is a shrub that goes the extra mile with all-season interest. You can just see the flowering quince that’s about to burst forth in the background.

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Snow Cream'

Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Snow Cream’

And speaking of plants with staying power, I love this lettuce mix that made it through the winter! But sadly, it is now chicken food since it is bitter. No worries though. I have a whole new crop of spinach and lettuce planted in the potager garden.


This year I am all about containers. The pansies and ornamental oregano make nice early spring transition plants. But I have big, big, big plans this year for containers!

ornamental oregano

Happy spring!



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  • Gail says:

    Happy Spring to you Robin…The yoshino cherry is beautiful and Sarah is too cute.

  • Cindy says:

    What is the name of the delicate pink flowered plant in the last photo?
    Soooo pretty!
    Your little dog is adorable!

    • Robin Ripley says:

      Hi Cindy – Thanks! I think you’re referring to the ornamental oregano, or Origanum rotundifolium ‘Kent Beauty’. It is a lovely plant. – Robin

  • Spring is so much further along there. I think when you have a mix of daffodils the display lasts longer but is not as dramatic.

  • Brenda says:

    Where do you find ornamental oregano? I would love to find someone locally that has it!

    • Robin Ripley says:

      Hi Brenda – I find it at a large regional nursery, Homestead Gardens. Logee’s sells it by mail order. – Robin

  • Bella says:

    Oh my, that Yoshino cherry tree is looking so beautiful! You know, I never grew any eastern-hemisphere flora, but seeing that cherry in bloom makes me think I’ve missed much.

    May I make a request? Would you consider publishing an article on such exotic plants and trees, and where to grow them, and how to take care of them etcetera? I’ve noticed there aren’t many such articles floating on the net, and since I’ve long a silent reader of your blog, I’d rather read about these here than somewhere else.


  • Wow! I love all the photos in this post especially the one featuring the beautiful Yoshino Cherry Tree. It is really pretty!

  • Niles says:

    Wow! Spring has really started over there! Love the lettuce!

  • Cindy, MCOK says:

    Give Sarah AND Sophie a cuddle from me! The daffodils are lovely … wish I could see them and the girls for myself!

  • Cassidy says:

    Beautiful spring photos! Thank you for sharing!

  • Diane C says:

    I’m enjoying daffodils too. They’re alongside my hurricane fence. The nice part is that every yard in our block has them as well. It looks like our borders are flowers.

  • I also enjoy your photos, and especially the Yoshino cherry tree!

  • Alex says:

    Blooming daffodils are a sure sign of arrival springs but other pictures depicting other flowers and plantations are also very beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Jane scorer says:

    First visit to your blog ! Enjoyed the stroll around your garden, enjoying the wonderful Spring flowers, improved, as always by a dog ! Mine photo bomb nearly every photo, and it is usually just a wagging tail, or the glimpse of an ear ! Yours is posed beautifully !

  • Sam Peri says:

    I wish I could see the Yoshino Tree for real! Your photos are really amazing. I imagined how wonderful it would be if there are Daffodils around that tree.

  • The photos are great! I could still remember last year when I went to Australia and I passed by a mountain full of Daffodils. It was the most spectacular flower garden I’ve ever seen.

  • These are great photography. This is the reason why I love Spring season. You could see a lot of nature’s beauty. Keep on posting! 🙂

  • Looking great! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in mind for containers this year!

  • Jane Abston says:

    Wow! Great photos! My cousin has Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Snow Cream’ at his place. This shrub is really wonderful during spring season. 😀