Today’s photos come from Jan Garrabrandt.
Although it’s been a cool and windy spring in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the flowers are really putting on a show. I started my inn 23 years ago on half an acre of mostly poison ivy. Little by little, friends and family gave me their favorite perennials, and I bought more than I care to admit. Our soil is the richest nonirrigated soil in the country, so thanks to that, my gardens thrive.
This picture shows my creeping phlox (Phlox subulata, Zones 3–9) with a cameo by Lucy the cat. I add a little to the planting every year.
My daffodils in this picture are along our sidewalk on Main Street.
The Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8) were a gift from a friend in town. I love blue flowers, and he couldn’t believe that I didn’t have any in my gardens. So he gave me the seeds for these, but it took several tries to establish them.
Our cherry tree (possibly Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’, Zones 5–9) is probably about 20 years old, and I love it more and more every year.
I brought “a few” violets (Viola sororia, Zones 3–7) from our old house–23 years ago. As you can see, they have multiplied and made themselves plentiful. Others may call them weeds, but I like the color of the blooms and the green heart-shaped leaves so much better than just mulch underneath.
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