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.
The 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.
These 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.
Lastly, 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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