Magic of Early Spring
It has been a turbulent start to spring with late frosts, cold winds, heavy rains and fluctuating temperatures. But when the garden decides to awaken, I am ready to rejoice in all its glory. I adore this time of year when the quiet muted hues of the winter landscape come alive with color. It is such a magical time watching the flowers unfurl and seeing the insects emerge from winter slumber.
Today, I am sharing our garden beds surrounding our back patio that look onto the woodland gardens. It is a combination of full sun and part shade, where the mature oaks provide filtered light to the understory trees and shrubs.
Red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) with its clusters of white flowers is located immediately off the patio at the bottom of a sloped terrain. I so enjoy the blooms while relaxing in my chair and watching all the bee and butterfly activity.
|I love how bees hug the petals and dive right in to reach the nectar.|
The honey scented flowers of Fothergilla 'Mt. Airy' are short-lived with flowers only lasting about two weeks. I adore their quirkiness and appreciate them every bloom day.
|Forthergilla 'Mt. Airy' is a cross between F. gardenii and F. major. |
Discovered by plantsman Michael Dirr
|this shrub softens the back corner of the stone fireplace|
Creeping phlox is one of my favorite ground covers and I use it all around our garden. It loves our sunny sloped areas where it gets good drainage and can cover a hillside, but they work well along the flatter margins along walkways too. Their bright bold colors cheer up the garden and distract from the rest of the garden that is waiting to be cleaned up.
|pink, white and hot pink phlox from our sidewalk view|
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail getting flapped around by the wind, but he is determined.|
|Check out all the pollen on his proboscis. Amazing!|
Taken at sunset, here is a look into the woodland garden with the magnificent native azaleas in full bloom. Our first ruby throated hummingbirds always arrive the last week of March and they are frequent visitors to the tubular flowers. Despite the abundance of spring blooms, we always put up one feeder this time of year for our tired travelers.
|Foreground: creeping phlox occupy full sun space covering sloped terrain.|
Background: native azaleas are at home under the mature oak trees where they receive filtered sun
|Rhododendron canescens Cameilla's Blush with Rhododendron austrinum Admiral Semmes|
|Rhododendron flammeum 'Jake's Red' (referred to Piedmont or Oconee azalea) grows in a container|
|Camassia leichtlinii 'Caerula'|