Monday, March 19, 2012

Exuberant Garden

It's only mid March, but we have had 10 days of temperatures in the 80's!  The garden is responding . . . exuberantly.  Especially fetching this March, is the kerria (yellow rose of Texas, not actually a rose).  Perhaps it's because of the way it pops against the newly painted white brick of our house.

Gardens become special through the provenance (personal history) of the plants within them.  Just like the concept of provenance with regard to antiques, knowing the provenance of a plant elevates both the plant and the garden.  I received this kerria from my in-laws' next door neighbor about 12 years ago.  She was a woman in her late 80's, maybe early 90's, and was an extraordinary gardener.  She had a degree in horticulture or agricultural science and during World War II she filled the position of County Extension Agent in Madison County (Jackson, TN) since all the qualified men were away at war.

The rest of the front yard is also growing with exuberance -- the early spring ephemerals (spring beauties and woodland phlox) competing with false nettle, wood ivy, and what passes for grass in my yard.

The red buckeye is blooming, which means the hummingbirds will be returning soon and I should put out the hummingbird feeders.

amsonia (dogbane)
I have transplanted the amsonia from house to house where-ever we have moved.  It grew at our first house bought in 1978, a brick bungalow build in 1920.  The elderly couple we bought from, were only the second owners of the house.  They had lived there since the 1930's and the husband was an avid gardener.
spring beauties naturalized in the yard
The spring beauties and woodland phlox I have naturalized throughout the front yard were given to me by my friend Mary, out of her magical yard.
woodland phlox and frothergilla

uh oh -- the false nettle is getting out of hand, but I can't mow until the woodland phlox and lyre leaf sage set seed!  I really hope the yard police don't come after me.

native azalea

more woodland phlox, and some irises
It's hard to keep up with the blogging when my yard beckons!


Clint Baker said...

Very pretty and peaceful looking garden!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

What a lovely garden you have--beautiful! I love the bright yellow of the kerria, and I have wanted to grow amsonia for a long time now, and your picture has reminded me of this! I loved the story about your neighbor and her work during WW2.

Sandy said...

Everything is coming up beautifully
in your garden. You spend much time
making sure it's going strong.
Happy Spring

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's hard for me to keep up with blogging AND sewing when the weather's so nice! Love your beautiful flowers...things sure are blooming early this year! And thanks for letting me know about a couple of series that I might enjoy! I've written them down to look for them! ♥

Sandy said...

Diana... thank you so much for the
info on those "Wormy things"...
I also thanked you on my post.
Your getting them also, so you
understand my troubles. lol
Happy Spring

Beth said...

Very pretty - you are much further ahead than we are in the Pac NW - we have snow this morning!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

It is hard to keep up with blogging when there's so much to see and do in the yard!

Your front yard looks like a magical place! You have so many things blooming. Love that kerria!

What are those blue globes made out of in the last photo? They look like petals or blossoms?

Shirley said...

Oh! Let us welcome spring into our hearts and gardens.. What beautiful photo's. So lovely to see blloms so pretty! Have a wonderful garden day!