This will probably be the only snow we will get this season, so here is my official blog photo.
The photo is taken from the porch steps and if you look closely (squint your eyes and use your imagination), at the end of the walk is our driveway. Directly across the driveway is my official wildflower garden. The wildflower garden was my first native plant garden and the reason you will find me waiting in line for the Howe Wild Plant Fair to open each year. This year it is March 28-29. at Cheekwood. I'll be there. Hope to see you.
As long as I have your attention! To the left of the sidewalk is a small bed of native shrubs, spring ephemerals and perennials. In its former life it was a badly landscaped foundation bed sitting in front of one of those worthless bricked in planters (a dry sunless place) that are ubiquitous to this neighborhood. There is a good mixture of everygreen plants...PJM Rhodos (Olga Mezitt), Christmas Fern (polystichum acrostichoides), foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia) and phlox divaricata (May Breeze). There is also a woody shrub, my all time favorite native shrub Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). Sprinkled throughout are grape hyacinth bulbs, miniature dafs and Trout lily. We planted River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) and Christmas Fern in the planter...both ought to survive, I just hope I don't regret planting the river oats....they are very thuggish and reseed madly.
I love natives and recommend them to folks whenever I can! They make sense...and they survive in my yard. But when you see my garden you will notice that there are plenty of non native plants. So don't think I am anti non natives....it's just my prefered choice is native.
I have only seen the new and improved foundation planting/bed in the fall. The color was lovely. Can't wait to see how it looks in bloom this spring.
Thanks for letting me ramble.