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!
A 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 orientalis (Zones 4–9) starts blooming in late winter or early spring and then hangs on seemingly forever.
Fritillaria meleagris (Zones 4–8) is a little bulb from Europe with unique, nodding flowers that have a checkerboard pattern on their petals.
Every 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 is one of the newer colors available in daffodils. This one boasts delicate pink cups and pale yellow petals.
Double-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 japonica (Zones 4–9) is a carefree shrub that covers itself with cheery yellow flowers in sun or shade.
Nothing says spring like the elegant unfurling of new fern fronds.
Japanese 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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