Before the Storm
So we got back from Tennessee on Friday afternoon, and the garden welcomed us back with a fabulous show. However, the weather gods were preparing a more malicious welcome, namely the 3-5″ of snow predicted for the following day.
The first thing we noticed were the Daffodils and Species Tulips blooming in the front garden.
The bulbs I had planted over the last few years in the Parkway Bed were looking pretty good.
The white-tipped golden-yellow petals of Tulipa dasystemon make me think of lemon sorbet swirled with vanilla ice cream. It’s also a good naturalizer.
T. dasystemon combines nicely with the smaller T. turkestanica, which is white with a small yellow center.
I love the rich red of T. praestans ‘Fusilier’.
T. praestans ‘Unicum’ has variegated leaves.
The Clove Currant (Ribes odoratum) were in bloom, perfuming the sidewalk with its sweet-spicy scent.
All the excitement wasn’t about the flowers, though. I was pleased to see the Ostrich Ferns (Metteuccia struthiopteris) breaking dormancy in the Front Foundation Bed.
In the back garden, the first Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) were blooming along the porch.
The Great Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora) were in bloom with their slightly twisted yellow petals on dangling flowers.
The Lenten Roses (Helleborus orientalis) are filling in nicely.
And look! Our little patch of Bloodroot (Sanguineria canadensis) is blooming. This is a bit of luck, as the bloom season for these flowers is just a few days.
The very first Great White Trillium is in bloom, with more to follow.
Oh, and the delicate white flowers of ‘Autumn Brilliance’ Serviceberry (Amelanchiear x grandiflora) are open.
As predicted, we were hit by a snowstorm on Saturday, just a couple of inches, but it did little damage. The blooming Daffodils and some of the Tulips were weighed down by the heavy snow. But the Great Merrybells, Virginia Bluebells, and Lenten Roses bounced right back. And even the Serviceberry flowers looked absolutely fine after the snow melted. By noon all the snow was melted, the sun was shining, and I even got in a few hours of gardening.
So the weather gods did not ruin our garden welcome after all.