Garden Photo of the Day

Daniela’s garden in spring (12 photos)

Native spring ephemerals: Trillium grandiflorum with Mertensia mirginica or Virginia Bluebells
Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Daniela Baloi

OK, you guys decided on Monday! Even though we’re in the midst of fall, you wanted to see photos of Daniela Baloi’s Hudson, Ohio, garden in springtime. So here they are! Check out the captions for info. No extra commentary needed. Yet again, Daniela, gorgeous.

For late April we get delighted by primulas, ostrich or cinnamon ferns (can’t tell the difference easily), moss sedum, violas, and lily-of-the-valley

**** The push is still on–get outside and take some last minute shots, or compile a few you took earlier in the season. I’ll be eternally grateful…. Email them to [email protected]. Thanks! ****

This picture shows how much you can accomplish with basically only three fast growing plants in the month of April: bugleweed (Ajuga reptans), sweet woodroof (Galium odoratum) and forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica).
Iberis umbellata (cold season annual) with margenta color, white Iberis sempervirens (perennial but apparently is gone after a few years), forget-me-not (annual that re-seeds itself-I will never lose this one)
Epimedium sulphureum with a beautiful display of yellow flowers combined with Sedum acre ‘Aureum’, both deer and rabbit resistant
Detail of the sweet and fragrant crabapple tree flowers.
Leopard’s bane (Doronicum orientale) with forget-me-not.
Lamium (Lamium maculatum ‘Chequers’) with hostas, Japanese painted ferns, and daylilies in the background.
Lentent rose (Hellebore) started 10 years ago from 1-year-old seedlings with bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) –a native plan.
Golden-edge sedge (Carex brunnea ‘Variegata’), Hosta ‘Friends’, and Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium) and Astrantia folliage in the background
Cherub statue with hay fern, variegated sedum, sweet woodroof, daffodils folliage, and forget-me-not.
Primula with native viola (Viola odorata)

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  1. user-1020932 10/23/2013

    ok, i think these are my favorite photos of Daniela's garden so far. with a projected 24 degrees on friday these show me that there is life at the end of the tunnel. thanks Daniela for sharing all these photos, i thoroughly enjoyed this years Danielafest. it's all great

  2. gloriaj 10/23/2013

    Daniela again your garden is amazing. I have to say all of yours pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing

  3. flowerladydi 10/23/2013

    Lovely Daniela,,,,, spring is so refreshing after a long hard winter,,, and yours is just loaded with life! I LOVE Mertensia,, and with your trilliums,, so well as all the other great spring plants,,,, Hellebores being another favorite! You have a fabulous yard,,, throughout all seasons,,, thank you for sharing!

  4. wGardens 10/23/2013

    Thank you for sharing. Wonderful photos.... excites me for Spring...especially having just planted more bulbs recently. Love your combinations. You have fabulous gardens...

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    meander_michaele 10/23/2013

    Daniela, I'm so glad these pictures from your garden got posted now since they gave me a moment to reflect. Admittedly, theses thoughts are not groundbreakingly new. Nature's offerings in spring are all about delicacy, tenderness, soft colors and beginnings. Whereas fall is lush,strong colors, and gives off a sense of completion.
    Your cherub statue is situated perfectly and looks justifiably pleased with the surroundings. Love the picture with the lamium that has the hosta leaves in that beautiful stage of unfolding...sigh, add me to the list of those who can't wait for spring!

  6. Wife_Mother_Gardener 10/23/2013

    Lovely spring plantings, Daniela!

  7. annek 10/23/2013

    I've never heard of hay fern before, but it is delightful as is your spring garden. I'm so glad your photos were posted now

  8. cwheat000 10/23/2013

    Your garden is gorgeous in all seasons;not an easy feat! That crabapple is stupendous. I love the trillium and bloodroot. My middle school English teacher introduced the class to bloodroot and other spring ephemerals in the woods behind our school. I would love to add some to my current garden. That Astrantia even looks Fab in the spring!

  9. GardenersWK 10/23/2013

    Good morning all and thank you for your kind words again!
    Wow Michelle! I tried really hard to remember what April pictures you have from my garden! It must have been February or March that I submitted these! This compilation of pictures comes from various years...some are very old but still my favorite April pictures. In 2008 - I lost all the ajuga you see in the pictures to a disease; It took me 5 years to get some large patches going again. It is the perfect plant as an edger since it holds the soil in place and tolerates drought caused by the tree roots. Since 2012..the drought summer I lost almost all woodroof (but a small piece I had protected by mulch). It will be a few years again before I can recover such large clumps but I will be patient. It will happen!

  10. thegardenlady 10/23/2013

    Lots of inspiration for the woodland garden I hope to someday have. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and providing the plant names. Can one ever have too many forget-me-nots? ;-)
    Your garden is beautiful.

  11. tractor1 10/23/2013

    I love all the seasons equally. I've tried living where there are no seasons and despised it for its boredom.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/23/2013

    Definitely enjoyed this Spring teaser from a beautiful garden on the first morning with some wet snow accumulating on banana leaves and autumnal colors. Wish I could grow trillium as exuberantly as you do!

  13. janeeliz 10/23/2013

    Oh, what a lovely spring garden you have created,Daniela! So many of my favorite plants ….all thriving and arranged so beautifully. I especially love your lush grouping of bluebells with trillium at its feet…it's all 'dreamy'.The lime Hosta 'Friends' is a stunner. I didn't think it was possible to lose ajuga-a reminder to me to take nothing for granted. Fun to see your spring garden in the wild, intense color of fall .

  14. GrannyMay 10/23/2013

    Lovely gentle spring mood, full of hope and promise. Thank you Daniela.

  15. GrnThum 10/23/2013

    Perfection! Spring ephemerals are my absolute favs!

  16. sheila_schultz 10/23/2013

    It has been so much fun getting to know you through your wonderful gardens, Daniela. Every season brings it's own beauty, but there's just something about Spring... I'm with tntreeman, I think these are my favorite photos.
    Hey Michelle, can we have a rerun of Daniela's spring flower photos in Feb., when many of us need a shot of hope?

  17. wildthyme 10/23/2013

    Beautiful spring garden, Daniela! You have so many of my very favorite woodland garden plants and they look so healthy, which is quite an accomplishment in dry shade. I like thinking about spring, but I'm happy with fall and the prospect of winter, or as I call it "enforced rest."

  18. quinquek 10/23/2013

    Thanks so much for the spring show! Even better as these pics show a woodland garden and I'm living in the middle of one. I love the interplay of the ground covers you've chosen, and only wish I had never put in Vinca minor as one of mine (read thug). Love seeing the Mertensia virginica.You've given me some wonderful ideas and plants for a few of my "problem areas," that I can think about over the winter. Beautiful, beautiful, all round.

  19. ancientgardener 10/23/2013

    You are one outstanding gardener, Daniela. Loved the primrose/violet combo and envied you your hellebore. Mine have nice foliage but few blooms. Have been in for years. I laughed when I read you lost your ajuga (well, I'm sorry because you liked it) but, pretty as it is, I have come to despise it. It has gone into the lawn and is indestructible. I dig it out of the garden by the clump and pray it doesn't leap the borders into the lawn at other spots. Wish I could send you some of mine. The forget-me-nots are lovely. I bought a Brunnera macrophylls "Jack Frost" this spring and it is gorgeous. I am so hoping it survives the winter. Is it a common plant? I had never seen it before.

  20. bee1nine 10/23/2013

    Daniela, OH me-Oh my... Springtime elegance without a doubt!
    So beautifully singing its praises of love for the care it
    receives, as with all your plants that follow.
    Totally enjoyed seeing the grandeur of the seasons in your
    Thank you for sharing, indeed!!

  21. terieLR 10/23/2013

    I feel as though we just took a crash course on gardening Daniele's way. What a JOY it has been ~ I think I'm ready for the quiz. ;) Thank you for so much newsy information and for regular interaction with us. Today's post was a gentle reminder of why I adore seasonal change.

    The death of ajuga ~ I too experienced this dilemma. The tri-colored was scattered throughout most of our woodland garden edges and was really striking in spring and fall. The spring of '09 it just wasn't there. I will keep trying but haven't had much success so far. The dark-leaf variety survived but has struggled. Woodroof has a mind of it's own. I've found both drought and saturation to be detrimental to it's survival. When it's happy, it's HAPPY HAPPY! It has been on the move for almost two decades here, flourishing even into the woods because I've tossed it by armfuls. I hope yours returns happily.

    Meander1: I smile at your thoughts on nature's offerings. Agree.

  22. GardenersWK 10/23/2013

    Michaele: I had to smile when you said that my cherub statue is located perfectly. So I thought for a few years but then I got annoyed with its whiteness and size. This spring with the approval of my husband it got relocated deeper in the woods between taller ferns and Solomon Seal (:)

    ancientgardener: if you are asking if brunnera is common, I will say so and so. All the extensive shade gardens I visit have it but it is not easy to buy it. It is hardy and will come back for you. If you like the forget-me-not look, buy some seeds of Myosotis sylvatica and scorpiodes (the bi-annual you saw in my pics and last one a perennial that blooms later in the summer) and you are covered in Forget-me-nots for the most part of the growing season. Check this link out:

    terieLR: thanks for sharing your experience with ajuga! I know it goes crazy when it is well but I will never be upset with it, call it names or take it for granted ever again (:)

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