Monthly Archives: March 2011

Celebrating the 1st day of Spring

Common lilac bud

Walking around my garden this afternoon, I noticed many plants coming to life.  We have had a warmer than usual few weeks and I have started to water since we have also been drier than usual.  This lilac bud just opened yesterday.

Early spring crocus

The daffodils are coming on strong.  The blooms are almost ready to open.  I can’t wait.  The crocus have been blooming for about a week.  The yellow ones came first, then the purple and white.  What a beautiful sight to see everyday.

Daffodils ready to bloom

Take some time in the next few days to walk around your garden and discover all of the treasures coming to life.  We’ve been waiting all winter for the chance to get out in the dirt and play so


And the winner is……….

Over the winter, I was pondering what to plant in the large empty spot where the overgrown Fitzer type juniper lived for years and years.

This spot is between a Sunburst Honeylocust on the left and an Autumn Purple Ash on the right.  It will receive sun most of the day and receive regular watering.

At first, I had my heart set on a Bridal Wreath spirea with its long arching branches filled with beautiful white flowers.  It would have all the space it needed to grow as big as it wanted and add some drama to the space.

Then I found the shrub that would do so much more than that.  Let’s consider the attributes of the beautiful, yet somewhat rare in our town, Black Lace Elderberry.  Dramatic maroon foliage, sparkling pink flowers that turn into lucious black edible berries and red fall foliage.

This beauty will grow 8-10′ tall and wide, provide contrast to all of the other plants in this bed and food for the birds and myself.  I hope I am able to find this locally.  If anyone sees one, please call me right away.  If need be, I’ll order one from the internet but I would like to start with a #5 pot if possible.  Does anyone have experience growing this shrub?  The descriptions online often refer to it as the Japanese Maple of the north and it will grow in the most difficult places.  My yard is not that difficult but the intense summer sunlight might scorch it.

Wish me luck and pictures will come when I get her in the ground.  I think we will have to give her a special name.  Any ideas?

Lida’s Lavender video

I wanted to share a beautiful short video of my friend Lida’s lavender field.  Her son Jon Wesley shot this video this winter.

Enjoy, Kathy