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Early Spring Blooms from the Mohawk Valley

Blooms and garden residents

metal pig statue next to purple and orange flowers in the garden

Today we’re in Lee’s garden, in the Mohawk Valley of New York State. We visited earlier this spring, and Lee took us on an ant’s-eye view of the developing sprouts and shoots of earliest spring (Lee’s Garden Through the Eyes of an Ant), and now we’re checking in with how things are developing as the season progresses.

The sprouts are now maturing plants getting ready to flower, and the tulips and early bloomers have done their job for another season. I captured some tulips and other early bloomers as they brought in the new flowering season.

I’m seeing lots of buds on lots of plants. I think this will be a banner year, based on the profound spring growth I’m witnessing. A touch of real early fertilizer gave them a nice push, I do believe. Time will tell, but all of the plant structures are very strong, and buds are early. The anticipation! As always, I wish all growers a great growing and blooming season and wish peace to all from the Mohawk Valley in central New York State.

close up of white star magnolia flowersStar magnolia (Magnolia stellata, Zones 4–8) is one of the earliest-blooming magnolias.

close up of bright yellow double tulipThis incredible double yellow tulip (Tulipa hybrid, Zones 3–8) has so many layers of petals it almost looks like a rose.

close up of white and light pink double tulipA double tulip in the softest, most romantic shade of pink

close up of yellow tulip with red stripesA yellow tulip painted with bold stripes of red

close up of bright pink tulipNow that is PINK! It almost glows.

close up of green striped tulip from aboveTulips with green in the petals are sometimes called viridiflora types. This might be the very popular variety ‘Spring Green’.

Chinese Foo dog stone statue in the gardenA Chinese garden guardian called a foo dog

metal pig statue next to purple and orange flowers in the gardenAnd here’s a slightly less traditional garden resident! But this sow looks quite at home among the bright oriental poppies (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–8) and Siberian irises (Iris siberica, Zones 3–8).


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  1. btucker9675 06/16/2023

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love your garden guardians - no one would dare to break in!

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    simplesue 06/19/2023

    Beautiful blooms, I love your garden design with he Foo Dog and oh wow I can see part of an amazing metal gazebo in that photo that I'm drooling over LOL!

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