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READER PHOTOS! Springtime at Longwood

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Viktoria A. Mullin

Today’s photos are from Viktoria Mullin from Cromwell, Connecticut. She loves to visit Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania in the springtime, and wanted to share some photos she took there last spring, just to get you excited about what’s to come! Thanks, Viktoria!

Stay tuned for Viktoria’s springtime photos from Chanticleer in tomorrow’s post.

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Viktoria A. Mullin
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Viktoria A. Mullin
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Viktoria A. Mullin
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Viktoria A. Mullin
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Viktoria A. Mullin
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Viktoria A. Mullin


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  1. gottagarden 03/01/2011

    Gorgeous! Could you tell us what date you took those photos? So if I want to visit, I would know when spring arrives in Longwood Gardens.


  2. stanhorst 03/01/2011

    Well it worked! The statement that today's photos are to get us excited about what is to come. I just love spring bulbs, and these photos have lots of them! I planted several hundred new bulbs last fall, and am anxiously awaiting to see how they turn out.

  3. user-7006895 03/01/2011

    If this doesn't make you yearn for spring, what will? Absolutely lovely. I've been wanting to go there for a long time, this spring I'll have to make the trip.

  4. JardinDelSol 03/01/2011

    I wrote in yesterday about formerly living near Maryland and appreciating the beauty of the English-type gardens back East. Well, here is where I lived -- very close to Longwood! These photos are absolutely gorgeous, but even so, cannot begin to do justice to Longwood's breathtaking grandeur and beauty. If you have not yet visited there, do go - anytime starting in April (which can be rainy, however) through June (May and June are best; azaleas bloom around Mother's Day). Even in winter, the huge glasshouses are well worth the trip, and the Christmas displays are lovely. Thanks so much for this reminder of spring's beauty!

  5. Rebel702 03/01/2011

    Could anyone tell me what is the yellow bush behind the bench? This would be a wonderful contrast to our red brick wall.

  6. Happily_Gardening 03/01/2011

    If I'm not mistaken the yellow bush is a forsythia bush, found often on the East Coast.

  7. wwross 03/01/2011

    That's forsythia, behind the bench, isn't it? Or is that too late a blooming time for forsythia?

  8. perennialgrdnr_z4b 03/01/2011

    I agree it's most likely a hedge of Forsythia. Make sure that the flower buds on the cultivar you are planting are winter hardy, or you will not get those yellow flowers covering the entire bush.
    The bulb displays are really spectacular, and a teaser for us that are still in the grips of winter in zone 4b.

  9. Happily_Gardening 03/01/2011

    Thought this might be helpful...a little background on the Forsythia bush

    Forsythia (pronounced /fɔrˈsɪθiə/[1] or /fɔrˈsaɪθiə/) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Oleaceae (olive family). There are about 11 species, mostly native to eastern Asia, but one native to southeastern Europe. The common name is also Forsythia; the genus is named after William Forsyth.

    The forsythia bush is a beautiful landscape shrub that grows into a hedge with naturally developing arching stems. Forsythia bushes are one of the earliest spring flowering plants. The blooms of the forsythia bush are a spectacular yellow or pink, depending on the cultivar, and resemble little bells.

    The forsythia bush grows best on a site that has full sun or light shade. The forsythia bush is deciduous and they drop their leaves in the fall and are effective screens mainly during the growing season. Forsythia bushes are rapid growers and will fill in an area very quickly.

    One of the most frequently asked questions about the forsythia bush is when to prune. Pruning the forsythia bush after flowering is the most widely used method. Cut out about one-third of the old woody growth. This encourages new young growth, which will supply the next season's flowers. Another pruning method is to tip prune the forsythia bush. The tip pruning will result in several new growths developing at that point and the plant will become bushier and more prolific in its flowering.

    Forsythia bushes are an ideal plant for borders or screens. The forsythia bush should be planted in full sun or light shade. The forsythia bush was named in honor of the royal British gardener William Forsyth who lived from 1737 to 1804.

  10. user-7006879 03/01/2011

    Oh I miss my spring blooming plants! I live in MT now and this picture brings me a sigh of relief and hope for the future. I LOVE it!!

  11. sheilaschultz 03/01/2011

    March is here, s that means that spring is within reach... right? Beautiful photo Viktoria!

  12. weavergirl 03/01/2011

    I love Longwood Gardens. It's always inspirational.

  13. viktoriamullin 03/01/2011

    Hi there! Many thanks for all of your comments and “thumbs!”
    I miss the same my spring blooming plants and best spring days which are still in ahead.
    Some more about my photos. The photos are taken on 4/10/2010. As I already know, the middle of April and up to the end of May is the best time for spring photo shooting in the Longwood Gardens.
    The day was absolutely beautiful and bright. Thus, a little more contrast than I’d like to have my photos done.
    I agree with Happily_Gardening thought:...a little background on the Forsythia bush could be helpful. This makes one more good reason for me to visit Longwood this spring again ).
    That sparkling with yellow hedge is Forsythia, one of my favorite spring blossom.

  14. bonbon324xoxo 03/01/2011

    These Pictures are absolutely breath taken!
    I will definitely try to make a trip there sometime in the near future. Thanks for sharing Viktoria ~

  15. keep_it_simple 03/01/2011

    I live a few miles from Longwood Gardens. These pictures could not have been taken today as nothing is in bloom yet except- crocus, winter aconites, snowdrops, and wtchhazel. Longwood is spectacular but wait several weeks to see what is in the photos.

  16. LongwoodGardens 03/04/2011

    Hello! Lovely photos Viktoria! The yellow hedge that Rebel702 and others are asking about is is Forsythia x intermedia ‘Spring Glory’. I believe the photographer said she took the photos on April 10. Our tulip display at Longwood is usually in peak bloom in the middle or end of April (depending on the weather). You can find out more about our spring bulb display at or if you like us on Facebook,, you can get updates on when our bulbs (and other featured plants) are blooming! Happy Friday everyone!

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