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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?

Cornus Mas: A Shrub with a Golden Glow

April 26th, 2016 | 4 Comments »
Not much is blooming in my garden now. The snowdrops are almost gone, the grape hyacinths are just beginning to open and the pulmonaria by the front door are slowly showing their spots. There is a star in the garden, though, although that star isn't a show-off. My bashful star is Cornus mas, a shrub that is little known and easily overlooked. Cornus mas, or Cornelian cherry, is a large shrub or small tree that is hardy to zone 4. It doesn't push itself in your face like forsythia; rather,

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Spring arrives at Glen Villa! Finally.

April 22nd, 2013 | No Comments »
Glory, hallelujah! Spring is finally here. Last Saturday the temperature rose to 24C (75 F). And suddenly, everything was bursting into bloom. Crocuses have been blooming for a few weeks now, and the suddenly warm day will shorten their life span. No matter. They remain a spot of light in the just-coming-to-life grass. No matter how many I plant, there are never enough. Crocuses shine, even in half-dead grass. Buds are forming on the Cornelian cherry (cornus mas), that most difficult of shrubs to photograph. The individual flowers are small and tucked

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