Magnolia trees should also be valued for their contribution to the winter garden. By February and March, the buds become a showy feature, although not often considered. While the season of Magnolia bloom is fleeting, the buildup in the months before is one of the great pleasures of the changing seasons. Like ornamental grasses in winter, the effect is magnified if the light shines through the branches. Each fuzzy bud picks up a halo of silver.
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When bees come to visit the earliest flowers, I know that spring is truly here. … Read More
Even the lowly (because ubiquitous) spirea can surprise you with loveliness on a blustery day in April. My main complaint is that it has too many merits, requires too little of us, which seems churlish just now, when spirea is the first shrub to leaf out most bravely. … Read More
Galanthus, more commonly: snowdrops, are one of the earliest garden pleasures in the year, often breaking through the snow long before February is over. And now in mid-March they are still looking splendidly sturdy. They are a welcome sign that spring is indeed progressing and that renewal can happen. Again. … Read More