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

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’

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.

A mixture of lettuces in the potager garden

Let­tuces in the potager gar­den sur­vived through the winter.

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. 😀

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