Spring Flowers

It has been an odd Spring here in North Carolina with heavy rains and wild temperature swings, not to mention the usual yellow fog of pine pollen that smothers the area for 2 or 3 weeks each year.  I was concerned that the frequent swings between 70’s-80’s and freezing temps would put a damper on the Spring flower show.  But despite the meteorological mayhem, we had a beautiful show in our yard, and of course I got lots of pix.  Enjoy!

This year the Lenten Roses survived a long, hard winter with several ice and snow storms.  The foliage suffered, but I’ve never seen more blossoms on them, and we even have tons of little seedlings popping up this year!

Lenten Roses 1

Lenten Roses 2

Daffodils are next to show up in our yard, and we have a good mix of early-, mid- and late-bloomers to extend the show.  Last Fall we (and by we, I mean our gardener) planted some new mid-season bloomers that I ordered from Brecks –Golden Beauty and Ice Follies.  Couldn’t be happier with them – they were huge and the Golden Beauties looked like lemon yellow Peonies.  Actually, all our Daffodils (and Lenten Roses, too) came from Brecks.  Our original planting was one of their “Super Saks” that contained a variety of Daffodils that bloom at different times.  Great value and great quality!

Early bloomers include these interesting two-toned varieties
Early bloomers include these interesting two-toned varieties
Golden Beauty and Ice Follies
Golden Beauty and Ice Follies
Love these sunny, super fragrant late bloomers!
Love these sunny, super fragrant late bloomers!

Next up we have our Crabapples.  We’ve had a Crabapple “Calloway” for several years, and it is rapidly developing into a much needed shade canopy for our paver patio.  If you are looking for a Crabapple I highly recommend this one – gorgeous, long-lasting blooms, good fruit, lovely leaves and it grows like a weed!  Last Fall we replaced an unloved Crepe Myrtle on the other side of the paver patio with a Crabapple “Prairie Fire”.  It has red-backed dark green leaves and smokin’ hot pink flowers.  I hope this little guy grows into a good counterpoint to the Calloway.

Calloway 2

Calloway 1

Crabapple "Prairie Fire"
Crabapple “Prairie Fire”
Crabapple "Prairie Fire" with our new Daffodils
Crabapple “Prairie Fire” with our new Daffodils

I think this was the best year ever for our Kwanzan Cherry.  Kwanzans are the world’s slowest growing ornamental Cherries.  Ours is about 10 years old (it was planted by the previous owner) and it’s just now starting to be noticeable out in the back yard.  I love how their blossoms look like Mexican paper flowers!

Cherries 1

Cherries 2

Even the Blueberries got in on the show.  There were lots of bees out there, so it looks like we’re going to have a good crop this year!  The Kwanzan is in the background – can you believe that dinky thing is a 10 year old tree!?

Blueberry blossoms

Last but not least, we have the Peonies.  I also purchased these as a five pack on the cheap from Brecks.  They are ridiculously hardy.  I have lost count of the number of times we have changed where we wanted them, dug them up and moved them.  Peonies are notorious for not liking that kind of drama and punishing you by not blooming or dying, but these babies just bloom like crazy every year and spread like weeds.  Next Spring we are going to have to dig them up again because they are all so crowded!  PS – I just love, love, love these new seed glass vases I got at Crate and Barrel!

Peonies 1

Peonies 2

The Peonies are just getting started, so hopefully I’ll have a few more pix – not to mention some snaps of all the new Agastaches, Anemonies, Tickseed and Speedwells that we put in this Spring (and again, by “we” I mean the gardener!).

2 thoughts on “Spring Flowers

  1. Oh my! I have just enjoyed a fashion show of beautiful flowers. You undoubtedly have a green thumb, Elizabeth. Thanks so much for sharing your “fruits” of labor. Your yard is a showplace.

    1. Thanks! : ) Not sure I’d call it a showplace, but we enjoy it. And I can’t take any credit for anything but picking the stuff out and where I want it to go. We’re blessed with unusually fertile, loamy soil, not the usual hard, red NC clay (our home used to be a farm and we’re on an old creek bed), and our gardener knows his stuff! Glad you enjoyed the pix.

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