Monday, April 29, 2013
It's no secret that green is my favorite color, and I take lots of pictures in the garden of all the different shades of green, and this month I wanted to document the spring greens. It's such a dramatic change in the spring when everything starts to change color. All that gray and brown from the winter gradually disappears, and it's just so miraculous to me every year as the color comes back into the landscape. The grass gets greener, the trees take on color, and of course all the plants. There's something special about spring greens and it makes me remember that my favorite color in the Crayola box was always Spring Green!
|Creeping Jenny and succulents|
|Front perennial garden mid-April|
|Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'|
|Wild Ginger (Asarum)|
|Tree Peony foliage|
Friday, April 26, 2013
|Bleeding heart, hosta, forget-me-nots|
|Bleeding heart and grape hyacinths|
|Dicentra 'Gold Heart'|
Thursday, April 25, 2013
This past weekend Walt and I went to Meadowlark to check out the spring blooms, stopping first for some sandwiches at our favorite bakery, and had our first picnic of the season underneath the glorious crabapple trees (above). The winding path of pink and white crabapples at Meadowlark is really spectacular when they are in bloom. The gardens are beautiful at this time of year--the daffodils were just past their peak, the tulips were in their prime, and there were lots of wildflowers in bloom. Azaleas were just beginning. Hostas and ferns were unfurling in the Hosta Walk, along with some pretty awesome Jack-in-the-Pulpits. In another few weeks the peonies should be in bloom as they were all in bud. I don't think I have ever seen the peonies at Meadowlark when they are blooming--I am always too busy in my own garden at that time I guess. They have quite a collection of herbaceous peonies and tree peonies, so I am going to have to make more of an effort this year to get there this year.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
May Night, by Sara Teasdale
The spring is fresh and fearless
And every leaf is new,
The world is brimmed with moonlight,
The lilac brimmed with dew.
Here in the moving shadows
I catch my breath and sing--
My heart is fresh and fearless
And over-brimmed with spring.
I wait all year long to pick armfuls of lilacs to cut and bring in the house. I can't walk past them without stopping to their blooms. Mmmm.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Yesterday was a gorgeous day, sunny but cool, a perfect day for one of my favorite spring traditions, the Leesburg Flower Festival. Usually Gillian and I go together, but she was out of town this weekend so I was on my own this year (not nearly as much fun!). This is a two day festival to spring, with the main streets in downtown Leesburg closed off and set up with flower and garden vendors, and landscape companies who set up whole gardens for display. This year they even built a chicken coop and a very cute garden shed (what I wouldn't give for a cute garden shed...). I have found plenty of garden treasures there over the years, birdhouses, garden art, plants, tools, and lots of garden inspiration.
|Salad greens and herbs|
Some of my favorite things this year were these old vintage trucks planted with succulents. Each one was better than the next! Aren't they great? I may have to dig out some old Tonka trucks from my basement...