Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Woodland Garden

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.” 

The woodland garden was started almost two years ago. It has a long way to go and it's fun to see it progressing. Last summer, a very nice wildflower gardener was removing plants and gave me quite a few.  They have made a huge difference in filling out the space.

The next two plants I got yesterday. My neighbor isn't a gardener and her lawn is full of everything but grass! I spotted the Violets and Bluets and she was kind enough to let me dig them. 
Unnamed Violet that came from my neighbors lawn. 

White Bluets that I just dug from my neighbors lawn. 

I know, I'm way too excited about having May Apples! I can hardly wait to see them to follow!

Double Primrose and Pulmonaria
Here's another plant that I love for it's unusual characteristics. The first picture of the Twinleaf was taken earlier in the week......before we had a good rain that knocked all the petals off before they could open. The second picture I took today and you can see another bud coming up!

This is another mystery plant that no one can seem to identify. In any case, it's pretty.

The yellow leaf bleeding heart that I won at a raffle is blooming.

Solomon's Seal is opening

Here come the Hosta!

I love this Astilbe. The stems and veins are red.

Most of the Columbine are budding up.

Heuchera is sprouting.

It's been a great last couple of weeks. I've been able to cut back all the dead stems and do some weeding in all the gardens. That will be a constant battle until we get our order of composted manure. That should slow them down!
In spite of all the progress, I'm a bit overwhelmed. Some of the perennials have had so many babies I don't know what to do. I've moved some of them into clusters but the Needle leafed Coreopsis and Rose Campion are everywhere!
I'm going to add a picture of one spot that the Campion is coming up in so you can get an idea of what I'm up against.

We have rain in the forecast. By the time it clears, I should have a plan....

Today, I'm grateful for the fellow gardener who gave me all the wonderful wild flowers!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wildflower Wednesday April 26, 2016

May your life be like a wildflower,

Growing freely in the beauty and joy

Of each new day.

Native American Proverb

Lovely little white Violet growing on the bank of the brook.
Cinnamon Fern unfurling
May Apple
Twin Leaf
Tiny and wild Veronica
Dead comes up everywhere!
Wild Violet
Mountain Mint.....coming up and spreading.
Wild Mullein
Another fern, whose name I don't know.

I had a lot of fun taking these shots of plants that are coming up. Some of them are in the woods behind our home, a few in the big garden and the rest are in my woodland garden. It's wonderful to see all the wildflowers coming up but, I'm still amazed that this is happening at the end of April!  

Today I'm grateful for the rain that is nurturing everything it's falling on!

 Wildflower Wednesday is sponsored by Gail  at Clay and Limestone.

Friday, April 22, 2016


“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Forget-me-nots are coming!

May Apple breaking the ground

Canada Mayflower is everywhere in the woods behind our house.

Cinnamon Fern unfurling
Not sure but this is probably a Potentilla

Garlic Mustard is an invasive non-native that I promptly pulled up.

Skunk kids, we would break it open to gross one another out.

Not sure but, this may be a Northern Spicebush

I love this vignette of moss and dead wood

Mountain Mint is coming up and spreading....I'm happy!

This little weed is everywhere. I thought it was Henbit but it is Dead Nettle! You can teach an old dog new tricks!

Heather is budding up.

Bittercress which is everywhere in my big garden.

On the left, Rose Campion is up everywhere and Dandelions are blooming....too late to harvest the leaves..

Leopard Bane leaves bring interest to an early garden.

Wild Campion is very happy in my garden

As you can see, there are a lot of plants breaking the ground early because of the strange weather we've been having. Even so, my garden is behind many in New England. I belong to a Face Book page about NE wildflowers and it's amazing how many places have beautiful blooms. Some are considered micro-climates and are warmer than surrounding where I live.....
On another note, I'm pretty excited to see the May Apple come up. It came from the garden of a woman who was a member of the Wildflower Society. She was digging a section of garden out. She also gave me Hellebore which didn't bloom because of a sudden temperature drop that killed the buds. But, with the Hellebore came two little volunteers.
I'm looking forward to seeing what's happening in your gardens!

Happy Gardening,
Flower Freak

GBFD  is brought to us by Christina

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - A Day Late

The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn'
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn'
God's in His heaven - 
All's right with the world!
Robert Browning

The weather has been crazy this Spring. There are a lot of plants coming up but, because it's cold, not much is blooming. Here are a few pictures:

This is the "flower" of the Skunk Cabbage that grows like mad in the swamp behind our house.

Another shot of the Skunk Cabbage unfurling.

Old faithful Pulmonaria and yellow Primrose that has double blossoms and is beautiful.

This spring bulb has grown in my garden for years and I still don't know the name of it!

Creeping Phlox is full of buds. 

Even though I asked what this plant is, I'm still not sure as I got several answers but, think it's a Snowdrop.

Wild Veronica is so darn cute! It's considered a weed here and is weedy.....I have to work to keep it in check.....

This little ground cover was a markdown rescue so I don't know what it is.....

Today was a sunny, windy, bone-chilling day. The earth has woken up and that's about it. It's like Mother Nature is straddling the fence between Winter and Spring and she keeps leaning toward Winter. I wish someone would give her a good shove off the fence onto the Spring side!

Today, I'm grateful for those sweet, little Veronica blossoms!

Happy Gardening,

Flower Freak

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Walk in the Woods

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.
Alice Walker

In past posts, I've mentioned that a lot of our land goes downhill. From the bottom of the hill, you can really see it. 

There have been some heavy winds this spring. Here is one of the dead trees that fell over.

You can see how heavy the vegetation is. That is mostly a combination of wild grape vines and briars.

There is a little color.

This huge hole is probably a den and a bit of a surprise so close to the neighborhood!  

Another tree felled by the wind.
Evergreen saplings and some moss.
Although I don't know anything about moss, I love this kind. It reminds me of fireworks....

I'm not sure about this plant but, I asked a Face Book group who specializes in New England  wildflowers and it's probably Rubus Hispidus or Dewberry.

The jury is still out on this little guy. In a week or two it should be identifiable.

Skunk Cabbage is one of the earliest swamp plants to come up.
Here is the "flower" of the Skunk Cabbage. It's strange and beautiful.

This is Canada Mayflower and is pretty common here. I'm looking forward to seeing it bloom.

We've had really strange weather this Spring. The last two weeks have been rainy, snowy, windy and sunny! It's so unseasonably cold  that what would normally be considered cold is a welcome break from the chill.
Yesterday was one of those welcome days so I took a walk in the woods to see what was going on. As you can see, we have a ways to go before things "green up". When it finally happens, I'll need a machete to get down there!!
I'm having a blast learning about local wildflowers and invasive species and can hardly wait to scour the woods for rare and endangered plants.

A side note:
L-R Helenium, Liatris and Hellebore. I also received Hibiscus root.
I placed an order with a well known out of state nursery that said they send the plants when it's time to plant them. They arrived last week! When I called them, they were very unconcerned and said it would be fine if I planted them now. Although I've never planted anything in early April, I did plant the Hellebore as I think it should be hardy enough. I'm holding off on the others as I think it would be foolish to put them in the ground when I have the same species in my garden and they haven't broken the ground. That's it...I'm done with my rant! :)

Today, I'm grateful that I was able to drag my 65 year old butt up that hill without assistance!
Happy Gardening,
Flower Freak