I’ll be brief today because the garden is calling my name and the chores list seems endless. Gardeners worldwide are posting today at The Propagator’s site, so do have a look. Here are six signs of spring as it approaches here at Coppertop.
One – A walk through the garden is so very encouraging as it reveals abundant life pushing forth. Budding shrubs and emerging perennials include native red-flowering currant, lilacs, lupines, irises, and poppies.
Two – It’s a beautiful time of year to view the structure and peeling bark on the climbing hydrangeas, Hydrangea anomala petiolaris, that flank the entry to the vegetable garden. Impressive winter interest!
Three – Crocus patches are expanding and bringing cheerful color out front. We’ve also been enjoying the golden green branches of Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’.
Four – Garlic planted in October has emerged — 100% success rate again!
Five – I’m almost finished pruning the roses and cleaning up perennials in the rose garden. I survived with just a few scratches! Before and after:
Six – The hellebores are blooming well now, as is fitting for Lenten roses, and this is one of my favorites of about a dozen I grow. It’s from The Honeymoon Series, Helleborus ‘Rio Carnival’.