Loropetalum beginning to bloom in our front yard After what always seems like an eternity (in other words, getting through January), I made it down here to Steve's in Wilmington. I've been here a week and, already, I feel the relaxation and calm streaming into my body and the stress and tension slowly draining out. The air is not all that much warmer down here--though I don't [...]
Beautiful week one is now running into beautiful week two here at Woodland Cottage. It's astounding. I'll let the pics speak. The Loropetalum has never been more floriferous... Heavenly scent...
I work outside, in Nature, almost every day of my life, either in my own gardens, in Arlington or Wilmington, or in other's gardens. Yet I miss so much of the beautiful detail because I am so caught up in the "doing" versus the "being". I'll bet a lot of my landscaping co-horts can sympathize with this realization. How many times have you gotten to June 1st and thought, [...]
What a glorious day to be alive here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic (I'm borrowing this phrase from my magical friend, H/D). On my daily walk through the garden this morning, I stopped in front of the biggest Leatherleaf Mahonia, Mahonia bealei, and lo and behold, the half-open blossoms are covered with honeybees. Very active and happy honeybees--in JANUARY. This may not be the earliest they've emerged to feast on [...]
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 [...]