Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring's Small Stuff

This little collection of troughs sits at the entrance to our back garden.  I always think of them as a kind of movie poster in the theater lobby, a preview of what's to come in the garden.

Erythronium dens-canis, the dog tooth violets, making a good show after a few years.

Tulipa 'Lady Jane'.  I love love love this tulip.  It's beautiful before and during bloom.  I think I planted 8 or 10 bulbs about 5 years ago.  They seem to be happy.

Fritillaria uva-vulpis.  These graceful lovelies are happy in the wet area on the edge of the bog.  Most of them survived the stomping of last week's underage birthday party guests.

Bloodroot coming up in the midst of iris.  It always looks like a fungus to me and I think "oh no! before I realize what it is.

Fothergilla 'Mt Airy' budding out in front of the rose trellis.  Yum.

Hosta 'Sagae'.  It's a big one later on.

Cheery spring mix.  The peonies will take over when the daffs and hellebores fade.  That Carol Mackie daphne in the background deserves a post of its own when it blooms.

Lots of hypertufa troughs are fully cured and unwrapped, or very close.  More on that later.


  1. I just made some of the troughs. They need a bit of scraping and then planting. Love your spring garden.

  2. Your plants are looking very good - love the dog tooth violet - enough to look for some to add this fall.

    Will be interested to know how the fothagilla does. Mine looks scraggly this year. It bloomed about a week ago, but is not as full of blooms as usual and looks sort of bare. We had a easy winter and it was gorgeous last fall, so am not sure what is going on... maybe the dry summer last year. Can you let me know how yours looks when it is bloomed out? or show it! thanks.