Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Our Helleborus come to Havenwood

The darkest of our Helleborus orientalis in the Spring Garden.
Weeks after seeing pretty lenten rose blooms in UK gardens, our Pennsylvania garden has finally delivered a few blooms for us as well! Perhaps they are enjoyed more because of the increased anticipation?

These are always some of the most enjoyed spring flowers in our gardens, rising out around Easter time, sun or snow. The do well in sun or shade, wet or dry soils. Also providing semi-evergreen leaves, they are a staple in my garden schemes.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Gilmore Gardens' Shade Path in Spring

Purple Crocus vernus 'Grand Maitre', light blue Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin' and white-winged snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii.
Even though we moved residence from Gilmore Gardens a year-and-a-half ago, the flowers there are carrying on through the seasons beautifully. Once the hard work of establishing plantings has taken place, it becomes much easier to maintain those areas, as this garden well shows.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An Egg Hunt and our Bunny...

Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin' in the Birch Walk
Our bulbs have been a great success so far at Havenwood this spring, even though they were covered in snow just a week before Easter. The snow melted and they made the perfect little hiding spots around the garden for colorful eggs on brown leaves... Can you find them all? ;)

Thursday, March 19, 2015


...standing taller after the melting of the snow.



          Lone Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they
          But hardier far, once more I see thee bend
          Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend,
          Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day,
          Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay
          The rising sun, and on the plains descend;
          Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend
          Whose zeal outruns his promise! 
Blue-eyed May
          Shall soon behold this border thickly set
          With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing                
          On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers;
          Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,
          Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring,
          And pensive monitor of fleeting years!
         ~William Wordsworth, 1819 
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