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Spring in the Coastal Redwoods

Spring blooms in Northern California

My name is Donna Vail. I was in the GPOD last October (A Garden to Linger In). I live in Crescent City, California. I’m in Zone 9 and live in the coastal redwoods area. The most exciting time of the year has arrived for me, which is spring.

double weeping cherry treeThis picture shows the new spring growth on my double weeping cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula Flora Plena’, Zones 5–8), along with a young redwood in the background and a birdhouse my neighbor made and I painted.

weeping cherry tree flowersDetail of the double weeping cherry tree.

dwarf Japanese mapleA dwarf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9).

ViolasViolas (Viola × wittrockiana, Zones 6–10) reseed in my yard every year. They bloom nearly year-round but are at their best in spring. (Editor’s note: Violas and pansies perform best in cool weather, which means spring in most climates, but they can bloom through the summer if you don’t get too much heat.)

Double helleboresThese double hellebores in the Wedding Party series (Helleborus × hybridus, Zones 4–9) have nice large flowers between 2 and 3½ inches wide.

dwarf Japanese mapleAnother dwarf Japanese maple.

violasMore violas.

boxwoodA boxwood (Buxus, Zones 5–9) in the foreground with snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus, annual), alstroemerias, and a Japanese maple.

Rhododendron impeditumA Rhododendron impeditum (Zones 6–9). This species is very compact, growing to just 1-1/2 feet tall and full of tiny flowers 5/8 inches long.


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    treasuresmom 04/27/2020

    Donna, that cherry is out of this world!

    1. Therivergirl 04/27/2020

      That cherry grows faster than a weed. I bet I cut three feet off of it 3 or 4 times a year. It is a beauty.

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    vanhatalosuomi 04/27/2020

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Therivergirl 04/27/2020

      Thank you. A labor of love for sure. Plus I have a brother and a husband that helps perform the heavy projects.

  3. moyra_b 04/27/2020

    Wow! Your photos are stunning!! I'd love to see a bigger view of your garden, it looks gorgeous!

    1. Therivergirl 04/27/2020

      Thank you for the kind words. In the next article, I’ll try to show a bigger view.

  4. Maggieat11 04/27/2020

    LOVE your Japanese Maples!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Therivergirl 04/27/2020

      Thank you. I love sharing my photos!

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    simplesue 04/27/2020

    It looks so fresh- the air the water the plants.
    You sure know how to grow Rhododendron impeditum....look at all those blooms and healthy leaves too!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Therivergirl 04/27/2020

      You should have seen this little Rhodie about a month ago. Wasn’t looking too good. I put down some Rhodie and Azalea fertilizer, some fresh much and boy did it turn around for me.

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        simplesue 05/05/2020

        What brand of Rhodie and Azalea fertilizer did you use? I want what you bought!

  6. bdowen 04/27/2020

    What a beautiful setting! I agree with Moyra- I'd love to see more of your garden. Amazing purple color of the Rhododendron impeditum. Beautiful views to enjoy on a rainy Monday morning - thank you.

    1. Therivergirl 04/27/2020

      Thank you. I’m thankful for the rain today since it will give my body the needed rest.

  7. btucker9675 04/27/2020

    What a lovely garden! Especially the weeping cherry and the double hellbores - astonishing. Aren't violas just the most cheerful things - I have pots going up the steps to our back covered porch - so bright and happy!

    1. Therivergirl 04/27/2020

      Thank you. Isn’t gardening just the best hobby ever.

  8. Cenepk10 04/27/2020

    Wow !!! Very nice ! My violas are beautiful too. Beautiful photos !

    1. Therivergirl 04/27/2020

      Awe. I just love the way some of the violas spread all over the garden.

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