Isn't Spring the most glorious time in the garden? She has come to Virginia and I couldn't be happier! Late winter was unseasonably warm for us and the perennials started to emerge quite early. But nature can fool us this time of year. Those of you in the northern climes are experiencing late snow storms. We are expecting freezing temperatures the next two evenings. Knowing this information, I wanted to take some Spring photos before the fleeting blossoms disappear for another year.
The Camellia is blooming so well this year. Usually the squirrels have eaten most of the buds before they were able to bloom. I caught a little rascal chewing a bud a few weeks ago and Grayden suggested that I put cayenne pepper around the shrub. It worked to keep the squirrels away. I've used this method in pots with freshly planted flowers and it keeps them from digging. It does not harm them, but they don't really like spicy cayenne pepper.
|Bleeding Heart Lamprocapnos spectabilis|
The Spring came suddenly, bursting upon the world as a child bursts into a room, with a laugh and a shout and hands full of flowers.
|Creeping Speedwell Veronica Repens|
Of course the freeze will not kill the plants, but it will affect the tender blooms. Not the Hellebores as it loves the cool temperatures as well as the Camellia.
The variegated Hosta are growing quite rapidly now.
The pink azaleas are in full bloom across the front of our home.
We put a new piece in our garden this year. It shows how much wind we have been experiencing recently.
Just living is not enough
One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen