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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Jackie's spring garden in Michigan

comments (15) February 1st, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Naturalized dog tooth violets
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Hellebores and epimedium
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White windflowers-Anemone blanda
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Fritillaria pallidiflora
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Fairy bells
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Trillium grandiflora-a favorite deer treat
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Fanny the goose
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Smilacina with berries
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Tiarella, celandine poppy, hosta, and ferns
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Jackies glass garden
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Photo: Courtesy of Jackie Stasevich

The gardens we've been sharing lately have definitely gotten us yearning for summer, but today's garden might actually give us some hope that spring is around the corner. These photos are courtesy of Jackie Stasevich in Michigan. Jackie says, "My family home and garden is in rural west Michigan in a stand of mature mixed hardwood. I have a pretty shady spot in which to garden and I love the cool greenery in the summer. Spring is my favorite time in the garden as each day has some new treasure popping out of the ground. I am a local 4H poultry leader and have quite a few chickens, guinea fowl and a goose. Consequently, I also have some GREAT compost to use in my garden and the guineas are the best bug control. I'm obviously pining away for spring." Thanks, Jackie, for this little boost. Your garden is beautiful, and you have a gorgeous collection of woodland treasures. Groundhog day is TOMORROW, so we'll know soon if spring is on the way!

****Sincere thanks to everyone who sent me gardening tips earlier this week. The winner of the book 50 Ways to Kill a Slug was Ellen Garvey. Congrats, Ellen! The book is in the mail as we speak.

I'll be doing another book giveaway soon--stay tuned!

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Comments (15)

skevanston writes: Oooohhh! The sight of the trout lilies and trilliums are so SPRING for us here in Chicago. In the forest preserves where countless volunteer hours have removed the invasive buckthorn and opened the woodland floor to sunlight, the trails abound with these native plants!

Thanks for sharing your lovely garden. Posted: 1:24 pm on February 2nd
pattyspencer writes: Love love love your garden! Especially your glass garden! I think I see fairies too and they seem very very happy. Posted: 11:52 pm on February 1st
thegardenlady writes: Love your woodland garden and also the glass features. Thanks for naming your plants in the photos. You've given me some ideas, so thanks for that too! Posted: 7:29 pm on February 1st
iowa3777 writes: A beautiful garden! I bet you have a terrible time with deer, though. I'm afraid that goes with woodlands. I was surprised at the last picture with the glass totems--I have been making those garden ornaments for about seven years and selling lots locally here through various craft shows. I don't think any of mine have made it to Michigan, but those sure look like mine! It was fun to see them! Posted: 1:53 pm on February 1st
thevioletfern writes: What an enchanting garden. I love your glass spires. The light is truly magical. I can feel the mojo. I have been looking at some of these very same plants this morning (dreaming through catalogs) especially Solomon's Plume - love that you have captured the berries. I'm sold. Celandine poppies popped up in my garden. More are welcome! Posted: 10:46 am on February 1st
thevioletfern writes: What an enchanting garden. I love your glass spires. The light is truly magical. I can feel the mojo. I have been looking at some of these very same plants this morning (dreaming through catalogs) especially Solomon's Plume - love that you have captured the berries. I'm sold. Celandine poppies popped up in my garden. More are welcome! Posted: 10:46 am on February 1st
wGardens writes: Spring is also my favorite time of year. This is lovely. Thanks for sharing! Posted: 9:26 am on February 1st
Wife_Mother_Gardener writes: Beautiful! So many woodland treasures. Posted: 9:07 am on February 1st
siesperanza writes: I love this fairy garden and am curious about the glass garden as well. Posted: 8:07 am on February 1st
margotnavarre writes: I enjoy the spring woodland treasures and adore the fritillary pallidiflora-how many years has that been growing in your garden? I am enjoying the snowdrops in my northwest garden and looking forward to more plants in my woodland garden. Your garden is amazing and inspiring. Thank you. Posted: 7:53 am on February 1st
mainer59 writes: The first photo looks like a serene painting. Thank you for the captions with the names of the flowers. I like the glass garden in a green setting. Are they made of several pieces stacked and glued? Are guineas truly garden friendly? I had free range chickens but had to pen them after they did a lot of damage to my gardens. Posted: 7:43 am on February 1st
meander1 writes: There's something so appealing about a naturalized woodland garden....to have plants nestled in by composting leaves is as Mother Nature intended it to be. The happy daisy like faces of the windflowers really light up the ground and are very charming. A walk through your flower dotted woodland setting would be a real treat. I have some hellebores that have been open for about 2 weeks so I know spring will be here before I know it. Posted: 7:37 am on February 1st
lovemyyard writes: I Love, love, love this. It looks so effortless, although I know it is not. I bet the fairies play here! Posted: 7:24 am on February 1st
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: Great setting and great plants! Your trillium are beautiful and so healthy. Too bad they are also tasty! Posted: 7:21 am on February 1st
tractor1 writes: A fantastic woodland garden, my kind of garden, natural and serene. Posted: 6:36 am on February 1st
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