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Early Spring in Pennsylvania

Gardening season has arrived!

close up of snowdrops growing in early spring

We’re visiting with Carla Z. Mudry in Malvern, Pennsylvania today:

Early spring seems to have arrived. This year she came to see us in late February. To me this is yet another example of climate change. We need to strive towards a better planet. Daffodils are popping up all over. Witch hazels are blooming. The galanthus have been prolific and so beautiful this year. The peonies and roses are budding. The bright bursts of color are so welcome!

This weekend I also planted my first plants for 2023!

Gardening season is here, ready or not!

close up of hellebores with dark purple foliage

A hellebore (Helelborus hybrid, Zone 4 – 9) emerging with foliage just as colorful as the blooms.

close up of snowdrops growing in early spring

A beautiful clump of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis, Zone 3 – 7), always one of the very first bulbs to bloom.

close up of yellow daffodils and snowdrop flowers in a small vase

The first few daffodil (Narcissus hybrids, Zone 3 – 8) brought inside to enjoy in a vase with some snowdrops.

buddha statue surrounded by foliage and bare plants in early spring

The fertile fronds of cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum, Zone 3 – 9) stand tall all winter, providing interest along with evergreen Pachysandra terminalis (Zone 5 – 9) around a buddha statue.

close up of white and yellow crocus flowers

Early snow crocuses (Crocus chrysanthus, Zone 3 – 8) greet the spring.

close up of bright yellow daffodil

Daffodils beginning to open.

close up of pussy willow flowers

Looking up at the fuzzy flowers of pussy willows (Salix sp., Zone 3 – 8).

pussy willow putting out its yellow pollen

After their early fuzzy silver phase, the willow blooms (called catkins) put out their yellow pollen, which is a key early food source for pollinators coming out of their winter hibernation.

close up of hellebore

A beautiful hellebore in full bloom.


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  1. Tingshu99 03/14/2023

    The snowdrops are so lovely! They will be the first on my fall planting list.

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    user-7007816 03/14/2023

    We've had our first snowdrops here in central Michigan, but they're covered with fresh snow right now.

  3. mischael 03/14/2023

    Really wonderful! Do you know what variety of hellebore that is?

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      simplesue 03/16/2023

      I'm wondering too, it's gorgeous!

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    simplesue 03/16/2023

    Beautiful, and I love the photo of the Pussy Willows!
    Oh do I see part of a Pan garden statue?!
    I've been looking for one for my garden! Where did you buy it?

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    simplesue 03/16/2023

    ps...I also really admire that dark Burgundy Hellebore and wondering what the name of it is? It's fabulous!

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