Yearning for Spring

February 25th, 2018 | 13 Comments »

It’s grey and nasty today and all I can think about is spring. I know it will come but its arrival seems a long way away.

So instead of moaning, I’m dreaming of snowdrops …

 

It's easy to see how snowdrops got their name.
It’s easy to see how snowdrops got their name.

 

and crocus …

 

Yellow crocus are sunshine to the soul.
Yellow crocus are sunshine to the soul.

 

and buds beginning to bloom.

 

When the yellow buttons of Cornelian cherry open up, the shrub becomes a haze of gold.
When the yellow buttons of Cornelian cherry open up, the shrub becomes a haze of gold.

 

I’m dreaming of stretching out on the grass in Annetta’s garden, gazing at the scilla and bloodroot that cover the hillside.

 

In April, this whole hillside is covered with blue and white.
In April, the hillside is a mass of blue and white.

 

I’m yearning for the day when the magnolia buds, now tightly wrapped in their furry coats,

 

The buds of M. stellata, or star magnolia, begin to form not long after the blossom fades.
The buds of Magnolia stellata, or star magnolia, begin to form not long after the blossom fades.

 

open to a petticoat pink that dances in the breeze.

 

Magnolia stellata in the Lower Garden reminds me of a young girl ballerina about to twirl.
Magnolia stellata in the Lower Garden reminds me of a young ballerina about to twirl.

 

I’m yearning for the day when ferns begin to unfurl…

 

Ferns cover the woodland floor at Glen Villa.
Ferns cover the woodland floor at Glen Villa.

 

and daffodils form an orderly line, processing across the grass.

 

The Dragon's Tail at Glen Villa used to be a grape-hyacinth blue in the springtime, but the bulbs died out. So now the tail is yellow and white.
The Dragon’s Tail at Glen Villa used to be a grape-hyacinth blue in the springtime, but the bulbs died out. So now the tail is yellow and white.

 

Yearning won’t bring spring any sooner. But I can dream, can’t I?

What are you dreaming about?

Tropical Foliage (and a little bit more)

February 12th, 2018 | 13 Comments »
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It's fascinating to see plants you think of as house plants growing outside. During a recent trip to Florida, I visited a friend and took a quick walk around her garden. The colours and textures were astonishing.     I can't name any of the plants, although they may be familiar to those of you who live in warmer climes.  Nameless or not, I loved what I saw, particularly the large-leafed beauties below.     Who can resist a shape like this rounded indentation? And the colour contrast was delicious.

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