Well, I can sure tell it’s spring, because the flood of one after another gorgeous images from Irvin Faria in Carmichael, California, continues! Woohoo!!
Today he says, “Winter garden cleanup, pruning, and tree transplanting are now completed and spring has begun. For the moment we are enjoying the garden’s freshness and beautiful unfolding of Japanese maple leaves. It’s all so beautiful we thought perhaps others might enjoy this early spring garden display.
“Our garden design continues to be inspired by the eloquent narrative and gorgeous photographs in the 1994 book, “Tasha Tudor’s Garden”. There we first learned the beauty of the flowering crabapple tree. Its been called the “tree of the fragrant forest.” Consequently, at the garden entrance we planted an exquisite flowering crabapple to announce the character of the woodland garden.
“Undoubtedly, our favorite Japanese maple in the spring is the ‘Katsura’. It is the first of the 200+ Japanese maples in the garden to leaf out in the spring. Its lush new spring foliage always has a special charm.
“Several spectacular flowing Loropetalum chinense (Hamamelidaceae), with their witch hazel-shaped, brilliant pinkish blossoms have begun their spring bloom cycle. We use this plant in several garden areas to create a crescendo of color that complements the foliage around it.
“Nestled among the rich evergreen leaves of Aspidistra elatior (Cast-iron plant), vibrant yellow blooms of Forsythia viridissima (Oleaceae) bring the freshness of spring. Forsythia planted along garden pathways always draws attention from visitors. It is ideal for our landscape.
“Placed in the naturalized garden setting several Cercis canadensis trees (Redbud) have begun to show their brilliant rosy to purplish pink blossoms. Oak tree trunks and their arching overhead branches serve to frame and highlight the redbuds.
“In the lower garden a fast growing hardy Australian tree fern (Cythea cooperi) is paired with smaller leather ferns (Rumohra adiantiformis). It serves as a focal point along the downward path to the creek below. Where winter frost has left vacant garden space Primula (Primrose) has been planted for their spring beauty. And fresh new ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) along with red-flowering lilies have encircled the guitar-playing frog.
“Similar to Linda Kennedy’s Texas garden, we too have been experiencing invading flocks of migrating American robins and cedar waxwings. Indeed, one of the most delightful things about a garden is the beauty of nature it brings.”
Sigh. Irvin, you and Pauline are just awesome.
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