Today's photos are from Jean Huot, who says, "Here in Connecticut many of us are anxiously waiting for Spring after the coldest February ever recorded for our state. With that in mind, I decided to pull up some old pictures to remind me why we New Englanders endure such winters. When we had our home built back in 2000, our .75 acre lot was completely devoid of shrubs and trees. All we had was a new lawn and some brambles in the backyard. I had tried to plan my landscaping, but with young kids and a limited budget for gardening, I did most of my shopping over the years at end-of-season sales, causing frequent changes to my plans. Also, realizing that I had only limited time for maintaining the yard, I have focused mainly on planting trees and shrubs. Luckily with so many area garden shops, I still managed to gather a nice variety of shrubs and trees that flower beautifully in Spring. In the pictures I have included, some of my favorite plants are shown – French hybrid lilacs, 'Prairie Fire' crabapple, 'Sugar Tyme' crabapple, 'Snow Goose' and 'Okame' cherry trees, 'Olga Mezzitt' rhododendrons, and a small collection of tree peonies (these were an indulgence even at “bargain” prices)." Jean, you were so incredibly smart to invest in trees and shrubs from the start, even when you didn't have a lot of time! Most of the gardeners I know didn't have time to really dig into gardening until their kids were grown and out of the house. You have a head start on them in that your woody plants are already in place, maturing! Your garden is lovely, and it makes me want to take off my shoes and walk barefoot through that lush grass, taking in the scents of the lilacs and peonies. YUM! Please make the snow stop…..
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