I’m stopping by to share some garden smiles today. We all need a little something to smile about during these uncertain times!
We’ve been spending most our free time while sheltering at home outdoors, doing some garden chores and watching the leaves and buds spring into bloom.
Gardening can be a great stress reliever, improves your mental health. . . and you get flowers!
We’ve had several days with temperatures in the 80s with the mercury reaching 85 degrees today, more summer-like weather than is typical for early April here in North Carolina.
Lady Banks Rose, Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’, is in bloom. Lady Banks is a vigorous climber and prolific bloomer in early spring with deep green foliage on thornless, slender branches and ideal for USDA Hardiness zone 6 – 9. We’re in zone 7b in North Carolina.
We have several viburnums that have been blooming for a couple of weeks. Doublefile Viburnum is a low maintenance beauty. . . plant her a sunny spot, give her plenty of room and watch her grow! It’s hard to tell from the photo but she’s as wide or wider than tall, growing to 8 – 10 feet in height and matures to 15 – 20 feet wide.
The blooms grow out horizontally on the branches and resemble lace-cap hydrangeas.
Snowball Viburnum is in bloom by the Potting Shed. We planted this shrub four years ago.
I highly recommend planting a snowball viburnum if you have room in your landscape! Check with the nurseries and garden centers in your area, place an order and buy a shrub or two via curbside pick up or shop online.
Flowers start out green and turn a snowy white. Snowball Viburnum tolerates a range of soils, but performs best in moist, well-drained, acidic loamy soil.
Plant in full sun to partial shade in zones 6-9.
Bridal Wreath Spirea is blooming. The graceful arching branches and have an old-fashioned appeal and look of a cottage garden. I was afraid a cold snap would take its toll on the buds but it’s full of blooms. It blooms best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
Prune or shape your bridal wreath immediately after it blooms. Cut back a third of the canes, preferably the oldest and tallest, all the way to the ground to preserve the shrub’s naturally arching shape.
Bridal Wreath Spirea is a fast grower and hardy in USDA zones 4 – 8 with a height of 5 – 9 feet and mature spread of 6 – 8 feet.
A pair of Eastern Bluebirds took up residence in this house a week ago. . .
I’ve been stalking them with my camera. . .
Chronic worry and stress like we’re all experiencing these days is hard on your body and contributes to anxiety, depression and disease, so finding healthy ways to cope and take care of your mind and body are so important during these uncertain times.
Enjoy some fresh air and sunshine if possible, take a walk, read something positive . . .
Listen and watch the birds and keep the faith that we’ll all come through this . . .
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
“Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
– Robert H. Schuller
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
– Luther Burbank
Start your day off with a smile.
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I hope this brought a smile your way today.
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Stay safe! ♥