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Favorite Moments in Susie’s Garden

Anticipating the joys of spring and summer

Today we’re visiting Susie Talbot’s garden, reliving some beautiful moments of spring and summer.

tulipsTulips afire! Sunlight coming behind these blooms sets them off with pure magic. I want to recreate this in my garden next year, so I’m going to go out when the tulips are in bloom and see where the sun is so that I can plant some tulips in the right spot next fall. I always like to make my fall bulb-planting plans in the spring, because by the time fall gets here, I don’t remember what the spring garden looked like!

Bearded irisBearded iris blooms over a blue cloud of forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica, Zones 3–8). Other perennials are pushing up to carry on the show.

stone wallA beautiful stone wall makes a serene backdrop to the garden.

hardy geraniumJune in the garden is a riot of color, with so many perennials at their peak. A hardy geranium (probably Geranium ‘Karmina’, Zones 5–8) dominates in the bed in the front, filling it with pink flowers and a sturdy, weed-smothering ground cover of foliage.

pastel tulipsA sweet combination of tulips is in the softest of pastel tones. Their delicate beauty makes a wonderful contrast to the bold stones behind them.

Spring! A pink dogwood (Cornus florida, Zones 5–9) presides over the garden to the left, while tulips fill the beds with color.

Later in the season the garden has filled in more, and a rabbit has come to visit.

epimediumsVirginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8) bloom behind a mass of Epimedium × versicolor ‘Sulphureum’ (Zones 5–9). The epimedium has wonderful pale yellow flowers, but the delicate foliage that emerges flushed with red may be the most appealing aspect of this perennial in the spring. Despite their delicate appearance, epimediums are tough plants, well-loved for their ability to thrive in dry shade.


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  1. nwphillygardener 03/09/2020

    These are some spectacular spring gardens! Few photo sets show how boulders natural to the local landscape can anchor a garden especially where some grade changes result in protected places made by low stone retaining walls. That's a lucky bunny to be able to bask in all that perennial beauty.

  2. sagebird52 03/09/2020

    love the tulips - great pic- what I needed on a snowy morning

  3. wittyone 03/09/2020

    Oh my, this is just gorgeous. How do you manage to remember where all those tulips are? I plant very few (due to deer browsing) and forgetting where the clumps are and then digging into them. Most frustrating.

    That low wall made with big boulders is just gorgeous and as mentioned above provides the perfect backdrop for a bed of spring flowers.

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    simplesue 03/09/2020

    You've done a great job on your garden- really pretty, what a great place to walk around and sit in!

  5. Cenepk10 03/09/2020

    So lush and beautiful!!!! I’m longing for Spring !

  6. janeeliz 03/09/2020

    Such a charming garden! Esp. love the boulders as background and that gorgeous pink dogwood. Your tulips are lovely. Good idea for back lighting!

  7. cheryl_c 03/09/2020

    What a cheery post to see on the first of three days of rain! And how reassuring the constancy of spring returning despite national anxiety about the coronavirus. Thank you for brightening our day!

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    AnnaMartinez 03/11/2020

    Thanks for sharing this post!

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