Carol Mumford shared these images from her garden. She writes,
I live in Farmington, CT just west of Hartford. I am so looking forward to Spring and was reviewing past year’s photos of my garden. We’re expecting snow again this week, will it ever end??! I have enjoyed the “garden of the day” for 2 years and thought I would submit some of my own. We have lived here over 40 years and now in retirement I’m overjoyed at having so much time in the garden.
Witch hazel (Hamamelis sp. Zone 5 – 7) in friend’s garden. Witch hazel is one of the earliest blooming plants, and the yellow spider blossoms can take fierce cold and snow and still look great, as they do here, backed by blue skies, fluffy clouds, and a bit of lingering snow!
The spring garden is packed with color! Many of these early bloomers will go dormant after putting on their spring show, but in this image you can see Carol has planned for that, as there are plenty of other perennials just coming into growth, ready to fill in and continue the display into the summer.
Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphereum’ (yellow epimedium, Zone 5 – 9) has delicate yellow flowers and bright green leaves in the spring, but don’t let that fragile look fool you, as this is a tough, reliable plant that tolerates dry shade, is generally deer resistant, and will thrive nearly anywhere.
Hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus, Zone 5 – 9) and daffodils provide a great, deer-resistant early display. Hellebores tend to hold onto their old foliage from last year, which can look messy and distract from the flowering. Carol has pruned those old leaves away, which shows off the flowers much better, and sets the stage for the flush of new, fresh leaves that swill be shortly unfolding.
Native Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginiana, Zone 3 – 7) has flower buds that start pink and turn blue as they open. That pink hue of the new buds is echoed in the bright pink flowers of bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis Zone 3 – 9) behind it.
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