Currently Blooming at Claude Moore Park

Spring seems to be running late and cold this year, but I found some things in bloom on a recent hike. The trees, in particular, are lovely.

Frogshackle Pond

I believe these are apples:

White flowers

Perhaps Apple

but I’m not sure about the tree below. I thought Mom had said it was a Littlehip Hawthorne. But I’ve learned that those have white flowers, and these buds are a striking deep red.

Tree with Red Buds

Red Buds

Do you know what it is?

In the Visitor’s Center, the park manager (and my longtime friend) suggested that I might find Bloodroot if I hiked north. And I did!

Bloodroot 2

Bloodroot 3

Little treasures among the leaves. Spring is here. Even if we did see snow flurries at home today.

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My Garden in February

For years, I longed for a garden of my own. And now that I have one, I don’t know what to do with it.

I suspect that this property was once owned by people who loved to garden. After all, someone built this potting shed.

Snow on the Potting Shed

But I also suspect that it has been years since the garden and trees were properly tended. Most of the yard is now quite shady, with large patches of moss or of bare dirt.

Examining Dirt

The seed packets in the potting shed increased my suspicion. Look at the dates!

Seed Packets

I have loved gardens all my life. I love visiting them, I loved helping Mom in hers, I love reading about them.

Snow on Pots

But I don’t actually have much gardening experience. I don’t know how to determine microclimates, or trim trees, or lay a walkway. I wish Mom were here to walk the yard with me and point out all the things that would be obvious to her.

I wish she were here to see it, period.

I’m afraid to do it all wrong.

So for now, I am researching. Some of it is fun, like poring over seed catalogs and daydreaming about all the plants that I want to buy. Some of it is tedious, like pricing replacing our falling-down fence. A lot of it is intimidating.

But this yard is full of surprises.

Tulips Emerging

All over the place, tulip and daffodil and iris leaves are popping up. I haven’t seen the yard in spring, but neighbors tell me we have beautiful tulips and peonies on the way.

And yesterday morning, I saw my first blooms of 2018.


These lovely purple crocus blossoms feel like a bit of encouragement from this garden in need of love.

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