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Celebrating Spring With Carla – FineGardening


Today we’re celebrating spring with frequent GPOD contributor Carla Zambelli Mudry in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Spring is finally back, and every day brings new discoveries in the garden—heirloom daffodils opening all over, shrubs starting to pop with little bits of fuzzy green. Once again, the first tree to bloom will be a volunteer native redbud (Cercis canadensis, Zones 4–9).

Enjoy the first days of spring!

deep pink/purple helleboresWonderful hellebores (Helleborus hybrids, Zones 5–9) are the dependable standby of the early spring garden.

light yellow helleboresSoft cream-colored hellebores are a great counterpoint to the intense yellow of the daffodils behind them.

double helleboresThis double hellebore has rows of extra petals spotted with purple. Behind it are some of the older blooms, which have begun to fade and flush green but are no less beautiful.

light yellow daffodilThis wonderfully elegant heirloom daffodil looks like it might be the variety ‘Beersheba’ (Narcissus ‘Beersheba’, Zones 4–8).

tree peony with new growthA tree peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) pushes out new, red-flushed growth. Soon this will transform into green leaves and enormous flowers.

bare shrub with green stemsThe stems are bare for now, but soon the garden shrubs will be showing green.

white and orange daffodilWho can have enough daffodils? This one has a dark orange corolla flanked by nearly white petals.

clump of bright yellow daffodilNothing says spring like a classic bright yellow daffodil, which is about as cheerful as a flower can possibly be.

various daffodils in a vaseAnd, of course, don’t forget to bring some spring blooms inside to enjoy up closer.

 

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