Thursday, May 1, 2014

It's Spring: Better Late ...

Spring has arrived at last! I'm glad spring waited for me while I was out of the country. Perusing last year's blog postings I see she is about a month late to my Pennsylvania garden. But the cold temperatures, followed by a record rain, have ended, and I can enjoy some spring blooms and start the spring clean-up. 

First, let's see what is blooming. The forsythia is renowned for ushering in spring and the shrub along Bluebell Creek is magnificent again. That is a close-up of it's blooms in the picture above.

Forsythia, Forsythia

I found primroses that I don't remember planting in the shade garden. I love this particular blue -- a wonderful, spring surprise.

Primrose, Primula vulgaris

My yellow primroses are in bloom, too, but the daffodils by the front fence are quite faded, now.

My favorite double daffodil, however, is still in full glory. I show this on my blog every year because I love it so much.

Daffodil, Narcissus sp.

Another find -- this clump of hellebores in the Woodland Walk.

Hellebore Helleborus x hybridus

My old friend 'Ivory Prince' is strutting it's stuff in the shade garden.

Hellebore, Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'

H.H. opened the pond while I was away and the lovely weeping cherry nearby is in full bloom for the first time. I planted it last spring after we planted the cherry tree in England in honor of my mother. This tree is my American reminder of her.

Snow fountain cherry Prunus x 'Snofozam'

I tend to show many of the same blooms every year, so it is refreshing to share the first pictures of my exquisite cherry blossom.

Cherry Blossom

 We are heading for blue skies ...

Eastern White Pine, Pinus strobus

The birds are singing, calling me outside. I am so happy that Spring waited for me this year.

Pamela x

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  1. Hi Pam,
    Your place sure looks beautiful and serene!

    It's been cool and rainy here, and it's been wonderful for the plants, but I am ready for the 70s we are supposed to be getting starting tomorrow, after some morning frost that is possible.

  2. Spring is such a beautiful time of year, everything coming back to life and colour showing itself in the garden once again. Your cherry is beautiful covered in blossom, I'm sure you mom will come to mind every time you look at it.

  3. Gorgeous photo's Pam and I love the sign and the hellebore ! What a fantastic colour. My hellebores have finished flowering :(

    Have a lovely weekend xxxxxxx

  4. Glad Spring sprung, Pam. I will be in PA in two weeks and was hoping the flowers would be blooming.

  5. We are a month behind too, and amazingly forsythia is still in bloom. Your hellebore is a hybrid not a species, Helleborus x hybridus. Could the daffodil be Tahiti?

  6. I knew it was a hybrid, Carolyn -- Don't know what's wrong with me! I'll check on the daffodil. P. x

  7. Glad you have your spring now, on our side we are three weeks before, everything is flowering at the same time. The blue primroses with the raindrops look gorgeous, I love this colour too.

  8. What wonderful spring blossoms. Everything looks so lush and happy there.

    Are those baby Christmas trees in the background behind your daffs and white fence?

    Have a lovely Sunday ~ FlowerLady

  9. Hi Pam, I hear ya on the 'better late than never' title. Just getting some things ready to post now, as it's only been a few days here.

    Your spring garden looks gorgeous!


  10. Pam, I just saw your comment. this post does show up in my blogroll now. Not sure why it wasn't before. I have set things up so that I get an email when someone posts on one of the blogs I read. I didn't get one from yours, so I will check into that. (I might have not set it up.) Anyway, happy spring!

  11. (Me again, LOL). Okay, your blog might not be set up to let people 'follow by email'. But your new posts will pop up on my blog roll. ;)

  12. It is a very sloooow spring and I wish more would bloom and that it would get a bit warm...after all we have endured a harsh winter and deserve warm weather...i planted a native black cherry a couple of years ago and it is about 4 ft tall with lots of growth...perhaps a bloom or 2 this year?

    Enjoy your garden and I hope you feel better and better every day Pam!!

  13. So very much like Spring in Aberdeen last year. Holding back like this seems to make the plants perform better than ever.

  14. Pam , you have won my giveaway of the Sq Ft gardening with kids book. I'm glad it has gone to a Master Gardener as it is a great resource. Send me your mailing details and I will get it out to you. I have just received some packets of primrose seed to plant in the Fall. It will remind me of the primrose filled ditches of my English childhood.

  15. Everything looks perfect x

  16. I had to chuckle Pam when I read that you don't remember planting the primrose. Yep. Me too. In fact there is one plant that has been growing, sending up new leaves for the past month. I kept wracking my brain trying to remember what it could be. Finally it came to me. Sheesh. Sometimes my memory is not what it used to be.

    Beautiful photos. I'm glad spring waited for you and that you'll have a wonderful time enjoying each and every part of it.

  17. That daffodil is gorgeous! So nice to have a tree in remembrance of your mother. It sure is pretty!

  18. Your cherry tree truly is exquisite, and such a nice gesture. Do you know the final height and width of it? I’d love to find a space for something like that in my garden but fear it will become too big. Over here in London we are finished with the spring flowers long time ago, even the late tulips are all gone. But now I am waiting for the summer flowers to burst into action, not long for the first roses to flower :-)
    Hope you have a great week, take care.

  19. Hi Pam,
    Everything is so beautiful! One of the big reasons I have a garden blog is because otherwise I wouldn't remember half of what I put in. Even still there are little mysteries every year!
    Happy spring!

  20. I generally travel during that same first week of May, and even though I worry about missing some treasured bloom, it's always so much fun to come home and find out which beloved bloom has popped up! Isn't spring a sight for sore eyes?

  21. I love your double daffodil too, what a beauty. The darker edging in the center really sets it off. We are well behind schedule here as well. Temperatures this week have been half as high as they should be. Good for transplanting perennials and digging trees but not what it should be for end of May. At this rate it feels like summer is still a long ways away.