As in all gardens, each Spring day brings something new. Here at Woodland Cottage, we are passing from early to mid-Spring. Soon, we’ll be in what I like to call “full Spring”–when the Azaleas and Dogwoods are really kicking. It occurs usually when the mid-season Azaleas come into bloom. That will be soon.
We landscape designers have been hopping double-time this Spring! I haven’t had much time to sit down and write to you–I apologize. I hope these photos will make amends for my slacking off!
This is my favorite Camellia japonica. I’m not sure of the variety. Does anyone know? It is one of my latest blooming varieties…just finishing up now.
An old-fashioned favorite, Calycanthus floridus, is a native here. I call it Sweetshrub; some call it Carolina Allspice. My dear friend, Catherine, has it encircling her screened porch–heaven. She calls it Spicebush. Here it is, the dark brown/maroon flower in the foreground. It has a sharp, spicy scent.
I have an unknown Variegated Pieris, Pieris japonica, with spectacular red growth in the Spring. It fades to the variegated, green leaves over time. With a background of Bloodgood Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, the pair is a real show-stopper.
This post was written by Jeff Minnich on April 6, 2012