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Anticipating Spring in New Hampshire

Flowers of a favorite season

Virginia bluebells

Today we’re in Jayne Spaulding’s garden, looking forward to spring.

This is my Zone 5 garden in spring, my favorite season. In New Hampshire, spring is short-lived, muddy, windy, and cold, but it is welcome nonetheless. I’ve been a Master Gardener for over 20 years and owned a garden design business for 13 years. It’s nice to finally have time to play in my own gardens!

small blue flowersThe Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8) have matured into a sizable clump along a woodland path.

Virginia bluebellsHere is a beautiful sweep of this spring bloomer, which is native to a wide swath of eastern North America.

dark pink helleboreI grow several varieties of hellebores (Helleborus hybrid, Zones 4–9), like this dark red one, which is among the earliest spring bloomers for cold climates.

plant with small pink and white flowersOne of my favorite plants is epimedium. I have a collection of over 15 varieties, including this Epimedium × rubrum (Zones 5–9), which makes a durable ground cover for shaded parts of the garden, topped with delicate flowers in the spring and beautiful foliage all summer.

bright yellow, drooping flowersI rescued a dogtooth violet (Erythronium americanum, Zones 3–8) from a construction site, and I’ve been rewarded with a colony of dozens of seedlings.

pink flowers in front of purple flowersEarly blooming hellebores pair nicely with the very early blooming bulb glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii, Zones 3–8).

yellow daffodilsNo spring garden is complete without daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, Zones 3–9). It’s hard to imagine the spring season without their cheerful yellow blooms.

blue and white flowersAnd another clump of glory-of-the-snow, which is nearly an essential addition to the spring garden for its very early bloom and beautiful color.


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  1. deeinde 03/02/2022

    Beautiful, Jayne! Those are all favorites of mine as well! I hope you have a great gardening year!

  2. PattyLouise 03/02/2022

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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    simplesue 03/02/2022

    How have I never heard of "glory-of-the-snow" before! So happy to learn about that beautiful little lavender/purple early bloomer from your post!
    And what a pretty patch of blue bells!

  4. btucker9675 03/02/2022

    How lovely that the dogtooth violet has expressed such gratitude for being rescued. Your garden is a thing of beauty.

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