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Keeping Calm and Gardening On

Enjoying spring in an uncertain time

Today we’re in Carla Z. Mudry’s garden in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

We are living in strange times with COVID-19, so I am taking advantage of my state’s stay-at-home orders to quite literally “keep calm and garden on.” The daffodils are amazing this spring, and I wanted to share them and some other plants as spring unfurls into her full glory. I am also planting up a storm and redesigning some of my garden beds and moving things around, and I look forward to sharing more as the growing season progresses. I wish all who take the time to look at my photos well!

bloodrootA clump of bloodroot, a little wildflower native to much of eastern North America. The delicate flowers are beautiful, last only a few days, and are an early source of nectar for native pollinators.

Helleborus orientalisHelleborus orientalis (Zones 4–9) starts blooming in late winter or early spring and then hangs on seemingly forever.

Fritillaria meleagrisFritillaria meleagris (Zones 4–8) is a little bulb from Europe with unique, nodding flowers that have a checkerboard pattern on their petals.

daffodilsEvery garden needs more daffodils. They are carefree as well as deer and pest resistant, and they’ll be a flowery fixture in gardens for decades as long as they get enough sun on their foliage.

A few daffodils are pretty; a mass of them can be breathtaking. The blooms face the brightest light to show themselves off to potential pollinators.

pink daffodilsPink is one of the newer colors available in daffodils. This one boasts delicate pink cups and pale yellow petals.

Double-flowered daffodilsDouble-flowered daffodils boast extra petals for a full look very unlike that of a typical daffodil.

At first glance, this double daffodil looks more like a chrysanthemum than a normal daffodil. Doubles are beautiful, but unfortunately the extra petals sometimes make them heavy and more prone to being beaten down in rainstorms. Clearly Carla’s have been perfect this year!

Kerria japonicaKerria japonica (Zones 4–9) is a carefree shrub that covers itself with cheery yellow flowers in sun or shade.

fern frondsNothing says spring like the elegant unfurling of new fern fronds.

Japanese maplesJapanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) are beautiful every day of the year, but at this magical stage when the new leaves are just beginning to unfurl in the spring, they may be at their loveliest.


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    treasuresmom 04/22/2020

    Love spring bulbs!! And that bloodroot is to die for!

  2. coastalgardener 04/22/2020

    Lovely photos...thanks for bringing spring to us!

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    user-7007816 04/22/2020

    Lovely early plants. A tough spring here in mid-Michigan with snow forecast for this morning. Your photos give me something to look forward to.

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    meander_michaele 04/22/2020

    I adore your photo of the fern fronds unfolding...they remind me of a group of little children in a circle, holding hands and singing "Ring a ring o' roses, a pocket full of posies..." Ha, I'll bet I couldn't find a child nowadays who knows that song...yikes, I feel ancient.
    Beautiful pictures and you're right, Carla, the more daffs, the better.

  5. sagebird52 04/22/2020

    Absolutely beautiful photos - an inspiration !!

  6. garden1953 04/22/2020

    Simply lovely! And great photography as well!

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    simplesue 04/22/2020

    Refreshing to see your pretty flower photos!

  8. bdowen 04/22/2020

    What a beautiful collection of daffodils! Thank you for today's inspiration.

  9. btucker9675 04/22/2020

    Thank you for this breath of fresh Spring air! The bloodroot and the daffodil with the pink cup are particularly lovely.

  10. [email protected] 04/22/2020

    What a treat for Earth Day! I see I need to look at mail-order sources for some of those beautiful varieties you grow. I also love my Hellebores- One of mine starts in winter and the blooms are still looking wonderful. Yours and the fritillarias are so pretty!

  11. fromvirginia 04/23/2020

    Thanks for bring Spring to us! What are the names of those delightful daffodils?

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