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Sharing the spring bounty

Today’s photos are from Joseph Huot.

I am always humbled when I view pictures of the other GPOD readers’ gardens, and normally I leave the photography to them. But I decided to share pictures of what I have, since this spring has given me something worth sharing. I know they bring a smile to my face every day.

'Olga Mezitt' rhododendronsThe first couple of photos are of the ‘Olga Mezitt’ rhododendrons (Zones 4–8) growing in front of the porch. These were clearance bargains long ago and have been well worth the chance I took at the end-of-season sale.

The abundant flowers are such a rich pink color they practically don’t need the sun to shine. I am not sure if this is true of all of these shrubs, but mine have both reddish green and green leaves starting in late fall that accent nicely during the Christmas season.

This photo by the pool is of my bed with irises, daylilies, and daffodils. The irises come from various relatives, some of whom have passed, and they make it sort of a memory garden to me. The bed used to contain other flowers, but we are having a rabbit problem in our suburban Connecticut garden these days, and I probably should get some fencing.

climbing 'Zepherine Drouhin' rosesThese are the climbing ‘Zepherine Drouhin’ roses (Zones 5–9) on the back patio. This past winter was almost not a winter in our neighborhood, and these roses did not even lose all of their leaves. They really hit the ground running when spring arrived this year, and they smell even better than they look. Normally, I take cuttings for my lovely wife, but cardinals have taken up residence in the branches, and they don’t really appreciate my presence.

‘Sugar Tyme’ crabapple treeLastly, I just wanted to show off the flowers on my ‘Sugar Tyme’ crabapple tree (Malus ‘Sutyzam’, Zones 4–8). I have more than one type of crabapple in my yard, but the buds and the flowers on this one are almost beyond description.


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  1. deeinde 06/26/2020

    Lovely, Joseph! Thanks for brightening my morning!

  2. blondie3 06/26/2020

    Thank you for sharing, your garden is beautiful.

  3. nwphillygardener 06/26/2020

    Thank you for taking and shaing these photos, Joseph. Your words show your careful observations and appreciation of these plants in a way that communicates how deeply rewarding garden-making can be.

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    treasuresmom 06/26/2020

    Great remembrance of those long gone to have a plant passed from them.

  5. mgol1068 06/26/2020

    Lovely. I want to sit on that porch for sure! Congratulations.

  6. Sunshine111 06/26/2020

    Lovely photos Joseph! Seeing pictures of your porch reminds me of mine, because I’m sitting on mine and enjoying my garden as well

  7. btucker9675 06/26/2020

    Isn't it great when bargain plants purchased at the end of a season turn out to be some of the best? I have had the same experience over the years and look forward to those sales each year. Thank you for sharing your lovely garden and I wish I could take a sniff of those beautiful roses... risking the wrath of cardinals!

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    meander_michaele 06/26/2020

    Wow, Joseph, your ‘Olga Mezitt’ rhodies certainly put on a spectacular spring show...and to think they were end of season bargains. How fun and satisfying to have them end up being so amazing. All your photos are great and I hope you share many more through the seasons. You have a lovely garden.

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    simplesue 06/26/2020

    Such a pretty garden you've created, and wow those roses are spectacular and how kind you are to give the resident Cardinals their space! This bargain rhodies you bought got lucky when you bought them and gave them a chance- they are so pretty.
    I've enjoyed seeing your photos!

  10. cheryl_c 06/26/2020

    Joseph, I fear your opinion of your garden and gardening is far too humble! These pictures are just grand, and the health and vitality of your plants is evident. Please don't let this be the last time you share your gardening and photography skills!

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      cynthia2020 07/08/2020

      Joseph -

      What cheryl_c said!

      I especially enjoyed seeing your roses and rhododendrons.

      Regarding the crabapple - this past spring was a great one in my new neighborhood in Raleigh for crabapple, cherry, and apricot blossoms.

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