Happy Friday! Spring is less than a month away (by the calendar anyway :) and I’m counting down the days. We’ve had a mild winter overall, albeit a very wet and dreary one. I’m reaching into the archives to pick some garden blooms and flowers around the Potting Shed to share today.
It’s never too soon to dream about flowers and gardening season! Click on the highlighted links if you’d like to revisit a post or more flower therapy.
Azaleas, Spirea, Viburnum and Lady Banks Roses in bloom
Ball jar bouquets of hyacinths, tulips and iris provide spring blooms along with vintage transferware for some tabletop gardening in the Potting Shed.
Certify your garden as a Wildlife Habitat to attract birds, butterflies, and other neighborhood wildlife. It’s fun, makes a positive difference and easier than you might think.
Plant this easy to grow, low maintenance shrub in your garden that will provide you with both beautiful cut and dried flowers
‘Sarah Bernhardt’ Peony
Peony blooms are so fleeting, you have to enjoy the beauty and sweet fragrance while you can!
We’re in garden zone 7b in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. May to June is when our Endless Summer Hydrangeas, Buddleia (butterfly bush), clematis and roses are flush with blooms.
Find your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone by zipcode, here.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is the most common butterfly we see fluttering around the garden. This is a female swallowtail, denoted by the large area of blue area on the hind wings, alight on a Soda Pop Butterfly Bush, a dwarf variety Buddleia.
Clematis ‘Bernadine’ is a rebloomer variety with lavender-blue petals and magenta stamens. It’s happy with 4 – 6 hours of sun and hardy in zones 4 – 9 and is bee and butterfly friendly!
Earth Angel Rose is a fragrant old-fashioned rose and with blooms varying in color from white to soft pink.
It’s hardy in zones 5 – 9 and takes several bloom cycles to produce peony-shaped flowers.
If you want a plant that attracts pollinators, self-sows and that tolerates the heat, plant Verbena Lollipop! It grows in zones 6 – 10 and prefers full sun in well-drained soil.
We had several new clumps of Lollipop that volunteered last spring, seeded from the previous year’s plants.
I’m a firm *bee*liever in not being too hasty when it comes to pulling your ‘weeds’ in case you can identify them after a little growth as a flower. . . or that’s my excuse anyway. ;)
We had a wintry mix yesterday of snow and rain but no accumulation. It’s a frosty 29 degrees this morning but temperatures are climbing back to the 50s and then upper 60s by early next week.
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
– Hal Borland