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Looking Back at Midspring Blooms

Flowers of a favorite season

Today we’re in Carla Zambelli’s garden, looking back at what was blooming for her this spring.

Spring is really beautiful this year! I feel like Mother Nature is rewarding gardeners for all of the extra time we have to spend this year on our gardens because of the coronavirus.

Strawberry flowersStrawberry flowers, full of the promise of juicy fruit to come.

pink tree peonyThe spring flower show-stoppers have arrived—like my pink tree peony! This tree peony was a gift from a friend a few years ago. The only thing I know is it is truly from China. But never a weary world traveler, this peony is always the first to open when others in my garden are still just budding.

FernsFerns wave proudly in the breeze.

‘Gold Heart’ bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9) has glowing golden-yellow leaves that stand out against the darker foliage around them, along with the classic pink, heart-shaped blooms.

Hosta ‘White Feather’Hosta ‘White Feather’ (Zones 3–9) is an unusual variety with leaves that emerge nearly white and then flush green later in the season.

red rhododendronsI must mention my red rhododendrons. My late mother-in-law had them in her garden, and this is not the expected shade in most East Coast gardens. But I liked the idea of them and sought them out. And I am glad I did. They add amazing color!

light pink rosesAs spring slips into summer, the roses begin—the most romantic of garden flowers.

herbaceous peonyThis rich, deep-colored herbaceous peony blooms a little later than the tree peonies, but it is just as beautiful.


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  1. PattyLouise 06/09/2020

    Lovely flowers!

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    simplesue 06/09/2020

    So much natural beauty in your garden. The plants look comfortable in the garden as if nature planted them herself!
    I see you have Pachysandra with ferns and Bleeding Hearts coming up through it- so do I and I am amazed at how well they can grow together, and a combination that should be done more's usually just used under large shrubs or trees.
    I enjoyed your garden photos, so pretty!

  3. btucker9675 06/09/2020

    That tree peony is incredibly beautiful! Thanks for sharing your lovely garden.

  4. user-7403762 06/09/2020

    The red rhododendrons are beautiful. I will seek them out too. What a lovely reminder of your mom. Thanks for sharing.

  5. cheryl_c 06/09/2020

    Carla, I had to look twice at the photo with the Gold Heart bleeding heart - the pachysandra initially looked to me like a still pool of water reflecting leaves above it. I agree that I like that plant combination! And your red rhodie is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing - hope you will send more pictures as we get into summer. I enjoy the way you combine plants.

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