I have to admit that, here at Juniper Hill, we LOVE lilacs and by carefully selecting a variety of cultivars that flower in succession, we can extend the season of bloom for well over a month. Here’s a post from the blog’s archives that tells you exactly how we do it.
There are numerous legends surrounding the origin of the common name for many of the species of the genus Cornus known as dogwoods. In England, “dogwood” was thought to be a derivation of the term “doggerwood.” Because of the hardness and density of the wood, the trees were used to make “doggerwood,” or “dogs” which were used as skewers. Here in North America it is said that the Cherokee believed that a tiny race of people lived among the trees that they called “Dogwood People.” Whatever the origin of the name, all I can say is that the Dogwood trees in our little corner of the world are flowering now and that they are beautiful.
I have England and Spring on my mind today.
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ pokes its head up through the hostas.
We have several Japanese Maples scattered throughout the garden but my favorite has to be Acer palmatum ‘Watnong’ because of the many beautiful color changes it goes through during the course of the season.
The Robinson crabapples are strutting their stuff at the east entrance to the garden. The line of four crabapples separate the entry path and the wildflower meadow to the left.
With its beautiful purple flowers and hairy flower stems, Pulsatilla vulgaris is one of my favorite springtime flowers. Equally attractive are the plume-like seed heads that follow the flower.
I'm not sure which Daffodil this is as it came with the farm. However, whichever variety it is, it's a beautiful one with its delicate, almost pure white, petals.