Flowers in the garden

Mid-Michigan is still experiencing chilly days even though our Spring flowers are blooming.  Today it is only in the 40’s, and we are expecting rain.  My garden is producing a spectacular display of flowers this year, perhaps because it is aging. We moved to this home ten years ago this coming Fall.  Just saying that…

Easter flowers

Today has been an absolutely beautiful day in Michigan.  I can’t remember when the sun, the sky, and the temperature has been this lovely.  My daffodils are blooming and it really feels like Spring has come to stay. I love flowers for a special table setting, and I always try to have something different for…

Lenten Rose

Well worth the wait is the Lenten Rose or Helleborus.  It has taken around three years for my plants to really take hold and offer up beautiful flowers.  I love my three plants, and this Spring they have produced a lovely effect in my shade border. Michigan is a great location for these plantings, as…

Windmill Island Gardens: Holland MI

Imported from the Netherlands, a large authentic working Dutch windmill is located in Holland, Michigan.  I toured the city and gardens last week for the annual tulip festival. The windmill is twelve stories tall, and is turned by wind power.  The millstones within the mill grind grain into flour.  With entrance to the gardens, visitors…

purple iris in bloom today

within the past couple of days, my short purple iris have started to bloom.  in my Michigan garden, spring seems to be delayed.  i think these iris also happen to have a shorter time in the sunshine each day, which impacts their bloom time. i chose these iris as they are hardy herbaceous perennial flowers….

spring tulips in the market

i was visiting Connecticut last week and while shopping in the Whole Foods store, i loved that the entrance was filled with spring flowers.  the tulips were spectacular, as well as so many other spring bulbs.  i stopped and just had to take a photograph, since i have been looking at snow and more snow…

forcing crocus

while shopping in New Orleans, I found these crocus being forced for winter blooming.  well, i guess i should have started mine last October in order to be at this point today.  i did everything in my power to resist buying these, since i wasn’t certain how i would make it back to Michigan with…

allium

  i have a love affair with Allium.  maybe it is because they can grow in full sun or partial shade.  maybe it is because they last so many years without having to be divided.  maybe it is because the large flowering stems grow so tall, and support such unusual flower heads.  maybe because i…

Solomon’s Seal

another gift from a garden friend that has become established in my woodland garden bed is Solomon’s seal.  this lovely plant also comes from the lily family, and blooms in the spring with tiny white bell-shaped flowers.  the plant is truly lovely coming from the ground over a matter of days, and then sprouting these…

spring daffodils

  i am a collector of plants. not every plant, but certain plants, i collect different varieties of the same plant.  for example, i love spring daffodils.  i know i have planted hundreds of them over the years, and i expect them to last forever, only to be disappointed that they don’t always come back….

dwarf spring iris

my garden is beginning to green up and a few spring flowers are blooming.  some of my favorites have to be my dwarf iris.  they are only about 4 or 5 inches tall, but they are so cute.  these flowers help me get ready to be out in the garden again. i just love them….