Home Sweet Home
There are seven pink and red dogwoods planted on the hill behind the main house. Three are on each side of the steps and one is growing at the top behind the boxwood hedge. A pink is shown in the above photo in the fore, a taller red is beginning its show behind. More are scattered throughout the front, back and side gardens. The dogwood is not the state tree of Tennessee. Some of the native ones have been lost to the anthracnose disease. We have been lucky so far with ours, the white ones growing under the tall pines have made multitudes of babies which sprout in every bed. They won’t be called a weed, but you get the idea.
The Yoshino Cherry tree is still in full bloom as are the daffodils lining the walkway and curbing. The pink tulips have opened along with the white candytuft and the blue grape hyacinths are still hanging on. Now if only the red azaleas planted thickly in the front will open soon to complete the vision of the original planting.
The garage side has the daffs still going with the orange tulips making a bright contrast. White creeping phlox is along the edge blooming. The Aurea Elderberry behind the far left chamaecyparis is leafing out. There is a Black Lace Sambucus planted in the center of the blue star junipers. It doesn’t show up well yet, it was newly planted last year, but it is leafing out nicely also.
The view from the deck of what is called the daylily hill is showing the Japanese maple leafing out. There are daffs, tulips, grape hyacinths and violas blooming behind a group of stipa tenuissima at the edge, holding the soil of the sharp drop off to the path below.
The tree peonies are still holding their buds tight, too much warmth too fast would cause the flowers to open and drop their petals in only a couple of days. The bloom of this one, a merlot colored beauty, and the large white at the end of the knot garden at the top of the hill is something that was feared we had missed, but mistakenly as it turns out.
Speaking of the knot garden, the Spring green tulips still are tightly budded as well, the big show up here was not missed either. Hooray!
The foliage of the iris reticulata must be allowed to ripen in order to build bulbs that will flower next year. But the grass like blades are not noticed with the clumps of tulip foliage and buds nearly ready with creeping thyme and blue violas planted as groundcovers to enhance the show. The boxwood hedge needs trimmed, but after last years damage, it will be done in May or June, to insure that cold snaps do not damage the new growth that sprouts after pruning.
Along the wall, the daffodil foliage is also ripening, but grape hyacinths are still showing blue, the frittilaria Uva Ulpis hardly shows but is still open, the yellow creeping jenny is golding up and coral tulips are open. Even the hellebores are holding up well.
Taken from the other side of the pond, the Japanese maples are showing their dark red new leaves. It was just at this moment in the unfurling last year that the weather took a downward turn and remained in the twenties for several days. The maple leaves were burnt to a crisp and many of these precious trees died outright. The loss of so much last year makes one anxious while away from the garden for several days during these crucial days of early spring. But the return home revealed the seasonal charm in all its unharmed glory. We were delighted to see so much in bloom, with much more to come.