Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Gardening in Pennsylvania ~ March 2016 GBBD


Helleborus orientalis soaking up the sun on Hellebore Hill.
What a change in one month! February saw our garden covered in snow and enduring low temperature. Now, everything is sunny and popping up everywhere! Come enjoy some color with me...


Iris histroides 'Katharine Hodgkin' is lighting up the Birch Walk these days with the snowdrops.  I have even added a few more just this morning as I am spreading out some clumps that have multiplied from our old Gilmore Gardens.
Crocus tommasinianus and C. t. Ruby Giant growing out in the Woodland.

This was a gifted plant that I saw for bloom for the first time this spring... Helleborus orientalis.
And this one as well. I am so happy to have a nice pure white!
The shade trees are starting their bloom as well.
Double, rosy-colored hellebore...
Crocus vernus 'King of the Striped' shinning out in the rain.
Helleborus orientalis 'Obsidian'
Clippings from a neighbors willow that we brought inside to enjoy. :)
Close-up of my favorite rock iris, Iris histroides 'Katharine Hodgkin'.
Here is Iris histroides 'Katharine Hodgkin' again mixed with purple Crocus vernus and double Galanthus 'Flore Pleno' at our old Shade path garden at Gilmore. It is so nice to go over and see the beauty that is still there. I still think of this garden as my "happy thought" sometimes while working through insomnia in the wee hours of the night.

Thanks for taking a walk around!
I hope you are having a beautiful March in your part of the world.
~Julie

More beautiful gardens for March at May Dreams.

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I've said it before, but that Katharine Hodgkin is a stunner!
    Rita C at Panoply

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  2. Beautiful hellebores and crocus too. My winter is too mild to grow both of these. Excellent photos.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments! Happy spring to you!
      ~Julie

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  3. I'm going giddy over all the Hellebore. I was able to snatch one Lenten Rose last year, and I'm in love with it's blooms. I'm ready for more. Thanks for the pictures. Happy GBBD

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    1. My sentiments exactly, ShellE :) My collection has grown quite a bit in the past six years. It takes a little while for Helleborus to really get to be nice big plants. But it is worth the extra time waiting and the extra mushroom compost (which they love!). Blessing on your Lenten Rose!
      ~Julie

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  4. How lucky to be able to go back and see your previous garden. Your Katharyn Hodgkin is so beautiful, the drift is stunning!

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    1. It is indeed! I go back to tend it about once a month, so it is not lost. :)
      ~Julie

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  5. Love your dwarf irises! I am envious for your large clumps!

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    1. Thanks Daniela! They actually really multiplied quickly in the dry shade garden... I was surprised. You should give them a try :)
      ~Julie

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  6. Oh, how I love seeing blooms from around the country that we can't grow! But these are such an inspiration. I do hope to come to PA one of these days again: such gorgeous land and gardens, like yours!

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    1. Thank you Linda! So glad you enjoyed looking around!
      ~Julie

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  7. Happy spring to you Julie, it is such a special time.

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