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Memories of Spring

The flowers of springs past

Beth Tucker shared her previous garden in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, with us before. In that post, she showed us how it looked in winter, but today we’re visiting this beautiful little garden in spring.

In a small, wooded part of the garden, the native great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum, Zones 3–8) blooms. The green stripes in the petals on the flower on the right are caused by an infection that trillium are prone to. It can be pretty, but if you have a lot of trillium in your garden, you might want to remove any plants showing infection before it spreads to others.

Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9) blooms in the woodland garden.

Another common native plant of the eastern North American woodland, Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum, Zones 4–9) is a beautiful plant that deserves a place in more gardens. The unusual flowers will be followed by big masses of bright red berries later in the year.

Azaleas and lilacs line one side of a pathway behind the garage leading to the back garden area.

Spooky is a semi-feral cat that Beth and her neighbor had neutered and then took care of together. Spooky took a great liking to Beth and would walk with her little dog every day.

The David Austen roses along the front walkway were making a good comeback following Super Storm Sandy, which destroyed the previous arbor. After the damage from the storm, Beth had to prune the roses back to under a foot, but they came through like champs. The lavenders along the path were laden with blooms and fat bumblebees during spring and early summer.


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    treasuresmom 01/28/2019

    Just beautiful!

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    meander_michaele 01/28/2019

    Hi, Beth, hope you've been having a good winter in your new home in NC and have, perhaps, gotten to enjoy some mild weather gardening...the payoff for living in a warmer growing zone. Your photos from today are a lovely reminder of how beautiful spring can be. We're all looking forward to plant treasures coming back to life...even if they have just been newly purchased and you are just getting to know them. Continued good luck with developing your new garden and enjoying the memories of your previous one.

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    simplesue 01/28/2019

    Just what I needed on this cold Pittsburgh winter day! Love the garden and the story about the cat! Thanks!

  4. btucker9675 01/28/2019

    To all of you in the places that are being hit with the terrible cold, I wish safety and shelter!
    Spooky would trot along beside us and people often asked how I had trained "my" cat. ; )

  5. cheryl_c 01/28/2019

    Beth, these pictures are such a lovely way to remember your beautiful garden - complete with Spooky! Great story! I loved the azalea lined path and the photo of the Jack-In-the-Pulpit! And I look forward to seeing some pictures of your lovely new garden. I believe North Carolina rivals the Pacific Northwest as being the heart of gardening country!

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