Today Emmanuel Touhey, who has shared his garden with us before, is back to give us a glimpse of what it looks like in the spring.
I thought I’d share some new pictures from my garden in Burke, Virginia. I hope you like them.
Daffodils in bloom in the cottage garden by the garden bench. I look forward to seeing these gems each spring. They remind me of fried eggs.
Hellebores (Lenten roses) were among the first flowers I added to my mostly shade garden. This is a new variety that I added to my collection in March.
Bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis, Zone 3–9) were planted last year. They have bloomed with abundance this year and pop against the woodland backdrop.
The azaleas frame the garden and wrap around the porch. You don’t realize how important structure is to a garden until you see shrubs like these perform in spring. Without them, the flowers and plants in the garden would be lost. Get the structure and soil right, and the whole garden will shine.
This is the view of the garden path from our deck. The logs in the lower right corner are the remnants of several old oak trees that become unsafe after a recent storm and had to come down. Their loss means more light and less shade—an opportunity to experiment anew in this space. You can see here how well the azaleas frame the space and contrast with the different shades of green.
When I began to design this garden, I wanted a loose feel to the space that would play off the woods in the background and continue the natural feel of the planting. I think this picture captures that vision perfectly, with the ferns and azaleas blending seamlessly with the trees.
A host of golden daffodils. Wordsworth comes to mind when I see these golden yellow trumpets strut their stuff each spring. They are always the first to bloom among the five varieties of narcissus I have planted in the garden. They mirror and enhance the leafless trees in early spring.
Each garden needs a place of quiet reflection where you can stop what you are doing and just take in the view. The garden bench faces the woods and gives a good view of the plantings and allows me to see what works and what maybe needs to change. Seeing the bench nestled among the daffodils and the flowers that follow warms my heart and makes me feel like I might be doing something right. We gardeners are always learning, right?
This is the view of the garden from the southwest. It is the only hotspot in the mostly shade garden, so I make the most of it and fill it to overflowing with flowers throughout the seasons. The daffodils are now gone, but they delivered a bumper crop this year.
Nature is truly breathtaking. The beauty of these bleeding hearts suspended on an arch above the ferns and creeping Jenny is something to behold—and yes, they do make my heart flutter.
The view of the garden from our upstairs bedroom gives you a sense of the space and its ongoing potential.
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