Spring arrives here in N.S. in a most
Among the first plants we will see are the Golden bunch crocus( Crocus
These cheery crocus, the snow drops and the various
crocus gives us optimism that winter is behind us, even though green
and emerging leaves are quite a long way off.
for more spring bulbs
Following the retreat
of snow, the masses of mixed
and snow drops
seem instantly ready to bloom . This bed along the front
house is carpeted with multi-colored crocus, followed by 'Glory of the
Snow' and various 'Scillas'.
Two of our favourite mini-Narcissus, 'Jetfire'
One can never have too many of these early blooming cheery little
which seem ever so happy to share a bit of space anywhere in the garden.
The emerging foliage of thousands of
narcissus heralds the next most anticipated period.This
the front perennial bed has earth showing at this early stage.That will
Part of the bed along the 'gulley' combines the narcissus
with some pink and white narcissus plus Muscari latifolium, a tall
grape hyacinth. This
bed is home to
thousands of other
bulbs, minor and major.
Rhododendrons in the bed are not yet in bloom.
Tulipa 'Spring Green' shares a spot in the
bed with several Rhododendrons. This is a very versatile and elegant
tulip which has
been planted in many places throughout the garden.
Two early blooming small-leaf Rhododendrons 'April Rose' and
grow just in front of the house under the birch trees. Groups of PJM
make great early spring statements.
bureavii is one
the earliest large-leafed Rhodies to bloom. It is characterized by
pale pink blooms and new growth which is covered by a distinctive tan
indumentum. In the background there are specimens of Rhododendron 'PJM'
and 'Azuray', a semi-deciduous plant with gorgeous blue-violet blooms.
is a handsome, low-growing allium. It has beautiful purple-striped
foliage. The spherical blooms are sturdy and long-lasting, blooming
in mid-late June.The seed heads are attractive well into late summer.
regular species has purple blooms, but the same attractive foliage.
The beds of various deciduous azaleas are in prime bloom
mid-June. One of the best pink azaleas is 'Homebush'; shown here with
Rhododendron 'Nepal'. Both are very dependable bloomers!
Check our Rhododendron
Growing page for more information and images.
'Homebush ' has a very distinctive ball-shaped truss. It
of the nicest pink azaleas commonly grown. The description of the color
varies tremendously, some call it salmon; we don't think so! The pink
may be a little extreme, but it is still a good pink.
Our group of
Homebush have grown to quite sizable proprtions and are the focal point
of our mid-June bloom time.