Bzzzz April 12th, 2013

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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Bzzzz May 7th, 2012

We have been on a planting orgy around here. Not only is this the time of year when most of the vegetable seeds and seedlings go into the potager, we have also embarked on a major campaign to add more shrubs—particularly flowering shrubs—to the property.

Sophie and Sarah inspect the vegetable plantings in the potager.

Thank goodness Harry is a good sport and has a strong back and good endurance. The hardpan clay soil we have here in Southern Maryland makes digging new beds and planting trees and shrubs a major weekend endeavor.

The wisteria on the fence is getting there. The peonies won’t be far behind.

And I’m so tired, that’s it. The end.

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