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.
This 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.
Detail of the double weeping cherry tree.
A dwarf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9).
Violas (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.)
Another dwarf Japanese maple.
A 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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