Our early blooming Witchhazels are so cheery & welcome!
of Hellebores unfurling.
We had a few days of faux Spring. I must admit: I liked the sun as much as the trees. And Lake Michigan reflected the blue, blue skies.
The snow & light leading to Spring. But grateful for the contrast and plant blanket.
Our extremely fluctuating temperatures has some plants confused. Here the Pulmonaria (Lungwort) sprouts its white foliage a wee bit soon. So too is the greening up on the Seslaria (Autumn Moor Grass).
The late afternoon light starting to be golden on Lake Michigan.
One can be grateful for snow cover during these periods of extreme cold.
Wondering how our seasonal containers, installed before Thanksgiving, are faring after coming out of 2 weeks of deep freeze...
Have their own rhythm. Checked on one at a client's we did more than 15 years ago. Always in process. Drainage always rules.
The house fits the client. The garden fits the house & client.
It's that part of Spring when purples & pinks are on parade!
The Glory of the Snow
Catkins on Ostrya virginiana. One of our fine upland (dry), shade trees.
A few harbingers in my own patch.
Tulip merging with Vinca.
Daffodils contrast with reflected blue blue sky.
I guess I shouldn't be grumpy about Climate Change. The fact that the weekend after Valentines Day should bring temps near 60, seems to delight the tv weather-person, just as it does when we have summer drought & they announce yet another hot day with no rain. But, I am a plant advocate, not to mention animals & some humans who aren't out to destroy the planet. And so, it was with mixed emotions that I greeted the first Snowdrops in the yard. Their reappearance for decades, many many years after my garden mentor planted them and many years since she died, gives me hope in the persistence of life in face of many challenges.
Luckily: we have had rain over the winter.
Installed during record-breaking high temps & little rain. Winter weather forecast to arrive in two days. Fingers crossed!
I hope you can tell which is which...
My two best accomplishments here are giving the Weeping Katsura some space & changing the path into a border edging.
On the heels of record rain in Aug., we've had even more this past week. Not only have many plants loved the combo of heat & water, but some have grown larger than normal & overstepped their bounds.
One client texted me that he was unhappy with the unruliness in his garden as the result of the rains. I suggested he stake the plants until they dried out. I, coming from a family of artists, experience a different response & find the pushing of borders, welcome.
So, I was delighted to be on-site at another client's garden & see this wonderful ecosystem mingling & growing towards its fall/winter, critter-friendly habitat.