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READER PHOTO! Spring blues

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Julie Witmer

Today’s photo is from Julie Witmer. She says, “This two-year-old combination is planted at “Gilmore Gardens”, the name we have affectionately given to our small borough lot in western Pennsylvania, USDA Hardiness Zone 5. It started from just two dozen bulbs, and two perennial pots.  Arriving in late April in our Hill garden at the front of our driveway, it greets us and all of our visitors.  At the top is the vivid blue grape hyacinth, Muscari armenicum (Zones 4-8), whose deliciously sweet scent carries on the breeze. The silvery, fuzzy shoots of lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4-8) are already filling their spot for the year, and the purple creeping phlox (Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Blue’, Zones 3-8) is a great feature all year round as it keeps its evergreen-like needles through the cold, barren months, covering the ground below Rosa ‘The Fairy’. In the distance is the blue haze of forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica, Zones 5-9), one plant that is a theme in our spring gardens.  All of these plants have multiplied wonderfully in just a couple of years with a little help.” Thanks, Julie, for sharing this little touch of spring with us! To see more of this garden, including lots of forget-me-nots, click here!

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  1. rion 03/07/2011

    Very pretty!

  2. petuniababi 03/07/2011

    This is absolutely lovely.It has motivated me to get some grape hyacinth.I have lamb's ear and forget me nots and i will get more to try and recreate this lovely garden,thank you for sharing!!

  3. user-7006900 03/08/2011

    Glad you enjoy it!
    Happy to get to share.

    This is the first scene in a succession planting in this Hill garden. See the June scene here where it adds the roses, daisies and mallow:

    "Wife, Mother, Gardener"

  4. smdntv 03/10/2011

    I moved to Pittsburgh last October to a home with mature garden and know the Lamb's Ear is at front of driveway. Can only hope I'll see the pretty blue hyachinth as well :-)

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    landscapedesignbylee 03/13/2011

    Your gardens are lovely! The combination of blues, lavenders and whites are breathtaking! You have captured the essence of spring beautifully.

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