22 03, 2010

The Sweet Scents of Spring

2010-03-22T16:49:42+00:00

It never fails: every year, I am happily surprised by the powerful scents of early spring here in my garden. I have scented flowers all over my garden throughout the growing season, of course, yet these early ones get my blood pumping. Walking through, I encounter sweetness at every turn. Entering the front walk, I have a big Variegated Winter Daphne, Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'. The pink buds open to [...]

The Sweet Scents of Spring 2010-03-22T16:49:42+00:00
14 03, 2010

Bring in Some Branches

2010-03-14T00:15:47+00:00

When I got home from Wilmington a couple of weeks ago for the spring season, one of the first things I did was cut an armful of dormant forsythia branches. I have a wonderful Blenko Glass vase that some friends gave me--heavy, solid and perfect for holding floppy branches. I re-cut the branches and put them in deep, warm water. They started to bloom this week. When I cut [...]

Bring in Some Branches 2010-03-14T00:15:47+00:00
11 03, 2010

The Birds are Returning

2010-03-11T12:45:10+00:00

I'm just as stunned at the remarkable turn-around in the weather these last ten days as I was about the record snowfall this winter. Overnight, spring has returned to Virginia. Things are flying out of the ground at an amazing rate. I am cleaning up the garden here at Woodland Cottage as quickly as possible! Partly, to give the newly-emerged plants some light and air, and partly from sheer [...]

The Birds are Returning 2010-03-11T12:45:10+00:00
2 03, 2010

Montrose

2010-03-03T00:02:01+00:00

Sometimes, things just work out for the best. Like last Thursday. Steve and I got in the car in Wilmington, on a rainy, nasty, cold morning at 7am. We were headed to Montrose in Hillsborough, NC, to tour the gardens. Hillsborough is northwest of Durham, so we went through Raleigh on the way. It's really a straight shot up I-40 from Wilmington. When we got close to Raleigh, it [...]

Montrose 2010-03-03T00:02:01+00:00