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Thursday, March 15, 2012

GBBD: March 2012


It is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and with the plentiful rains and ever warming temperatures spring is moving full speed ahead in my garden. 
A stroll through the woodland garden reveals all the trees bursting with life. The Japanese Maples are leafing out;



as are the black lace Elderberry




Many of the native azaleas are ready to pop.



Other notable blooms in the woodland garden are trillium and hellebore.







with Heuchera providing more lively color along the woodland paths.




Back in the sunshine, the Euphorbia is heavily covered in pollinators from wasps, all varieties of bees, and masses of flies.


Even one of my dogs was quiet smitten with the Euphorbia and couldn't help but take a whiff .


The wasp are diving in headfirst to the dragon's blood stonecrop sedum.


The variegated leaves of the Wallflower 'Fragrant Star'' are grey-green bordered with creamy yellow and add year round interest in my garden. The sweet smelling, sterile blooms have an extended bloom time from late winter to summer.


The creeping phlox planted 3 years ago are starting to fill the slope of the azalea garden.


The loropetalum is cheering on spring in the front of the house with its pink fringe flowers.


In the kitchen garden the transplanted strawberries are beginning to blossom and produce fruit


The blueberry shrubs have many visiting pollinators


I was very excited when I saw this zebra swallowtail enjoying the fresh soil that fills the raised beds. I spotted the first of these butterflies in my garden in April last year (see post here) and it too had damaged wings. I never saw it again after the one sighting. I wonder if I will see this beauty again.


Rosemary is stunning at this time of year. I love the dainty blue blossoms.


And the pear trees are following the plum trees which bloomed in February.



Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! You can visit May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming in gardens around the world.

18 comments:

  1. Great blooms - and wonderful pollinators! Love euphorbia - such an interesting plant. And I really liked seeing your wallflower. I've wondered about creeping phlox. Guess I'll give mine 3 years before I expect too much from it. Love rosemary blooms. I think it's that blue color that makes it so pretty.

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    1. It seems to take a while for the phlox to really fill in. Every year mine get a little full and spread more. I look forward to the day when I have a complete blanket on my hill.

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  2. Love Blacklace Elderberry.....need to think of a place to have one. You are about a week or so ahead of us ...at least the native azaleas seem to be a little behind yours. Hope my Euphorbia multiples to the grouping like yours!! How pretty.

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    1. My Eurphorbia is only two years old. They are amazing plants. They provide year round interest and really withstand the summer heat. The biggest blacklace elderberry I have ever seen is in SW Michigan. So I figure if it can grow that big there certainly mine can in Georgia. :)

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  3. Lovely photos--all of them, Karin! Interesting that you still have Hellebores blooming along with Pears, Trilliums, and Azaleas! It's all so beautiful. I love the photo of your pup with the Euphorbia!

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    1. My hellebore have been blooming since January and they are still going strong. Such great plants! I have little babies for the first time on one plant. I am so excited!

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  4. I don't know if you remember me saying on GA that there are some images that I wish I took, well you have three today(plus that very photogenic chipmunk). The two of the Euphorbia and the one of the wasp on the stonecrop. All three look like high-end magazine shots. So beautiful and great composition.

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    1. Thank you Donna! I am so flattered...what a compliment!

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  5. What wonderful blooms right now. Lots of things blooming in your spring down there.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. It is changing so quickly everyday especially with this warm weather we have right now. I wonder how hot the summer will be if this is spring!

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  6. The swallowtail was awesome.

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  7. You have some beautiful blooms there, and I love the Japanese maple. Unfortunately, my Japanese maple has not fared so well, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it may be happier in the new location I gave it during the winter. They are lovely plants.

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    1. I hope your maple will thrive! We just bought 3 more (10 gal) to put in this weekend. We found a steal of a deal at 70% off at a local nursery.

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  8. Karin look at tall those pollinators..i have seen honey bees so far but I have been so busy at work I have not been in the garden except at dusk....love all the leaves popping!!

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  9. So many wonderful blooms you have to share. I've never seen a butterfly like that one before. Lucky to capture this shot of it.

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  10. So many pretty things! I love seeing your garden, which seems nearly two months ahead of mine... though my hellebores are just starting to bloom.
    Happy March!
    julie

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  11. What lovely colours - and so much life flying around!

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