Today’s photos are from Daniela Baloi in Hudson, Ohio. If you’ll recall, we toured Daniela’s garden in summer back in February. (Refresh your memory HERE.) Today we get to see springtime in her garden.
Daniela says, “We started April with some light snow here in Hudson, Ohio, Zone 5b. A few hours later the snow stopped and it is now sunny with not much too share from our garden other than last year’s April pictures. Spring was a month early in 2012 and we had tulips and daffodils in bloom as early as March 25th.
“I always look forward to the tulips display since the colors and the shapes are so gorgeous. Last year we had four varieties of tulips with different blooming times lining the patio edge of the raised rose bed. We had blooms from mid March to end of April, which was more than we were hoping for.
“We also planted a couple Fritillaria bulbs in between the roses, which are back this spring without taking the bulbs out in the summer. I didn’t have the courage to leave the tulips in the ground since I’ve lost many like that over the years. I have to treat tulips as annuals and have to dig them out in June and re-plant them again in late October in the same place.
“We had some snow over the tulips by mid-April but that didn’t affect them much. Also last year in April, we were enchanted by the delicate bloom of the shooting star and a great display of blue forget-me-nots by the white rockcress. I’m always eager to see the fresh foliage of plants like hostas, ferns, European ginger, and ajuga in spring.”
So great to see another beautiful season in your garden, Daniela! Thanks so much.
*** TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THIS WEEK’S BOOK GIVEAWAY!! ***
Here’s how it works:
- You send in photos of your garden to [email protected], along with a brief description. You know how much you like to read everyone else’s garden stories–now it’s time to tell yours!
- At the end of the week I’ll compile a list of names of everyone who sent in photos and choose 5 names randomly from a hat (perhaps a flower pot…). The first person gets first pick, second person gets second pick, etc. I’ll email you if you get picked.
- After all the winners have chosen, I’ll tell everyone who won, probably the following week.
Here is a list of the books:
- Pick of the Bunch: The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers by Margaret Willes
- Ginkgo by Peter Crane
- Gardening Vertically: 24 Ideas for Creating Your Own Green Walls by Noemie Vialard
- World’s Fair Gardens: Shaping American Landscapes by Cathy Jean Maloney
- Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees by Nancy Ross Hugo
- The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City by Patrick Blanc
Now get cracking! I can’t wait to see what’s happening out there. But no worries if winter is still hanging on in your area. Send photos from last year!
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