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!
A hellebore (Helelborus hybrid, Zone 4 – 9) emerging with foliage just as colorful as the blooms.
A beautiful clump of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis, Zone 3 – 7), always one of the very first bulbs to bloom.
The first few daffodil (Narcissus hybrids, Zone 3 – 8) brought inside to enjoy in a vase with some snowdrops.
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.
Early snow crocuses (Crocus chrysanthus, Zone 3 – 8) greet the spring.
Daffodils beginning to open.
Looking up at the fuzzy flowers of pussy willows (Salix sp., Zone 3 – 8).
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.
A beautiful hellebore in full bloom.
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The snowdrops are so lovely! They will be the first on my fall planting list.
We've had our first snowdrops here in central Michigan, but they're covered with fresh snow right now.
Really wonderful! Do you know what variety of hellebore that is?
I'm wondering too, it's gorgeous!
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?
ps...I also really admire that dark Burgundy Hellebore and wondering what the name of it is? It's fabulous!
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