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Spring Promises & Morning Sunshine

It is almost Spring Time again and even though it is only February, today we had a 77 degree surprise after the 30’s last week.  It is never to early to begin planning this years Spring beauty.  We will soon be sharing our lovely gardens again with you!  Until then, Get ready for your Happy Spring Gardening!

We are out and about on this lovely day watching the tulips and bulbs pop out everywhere.  Soon we will have the incredible beauty of them!

A little remembrance… How wonderful to see the sunshine this morning after drenching rains yesterday which watered the gardens so beautifully and the flowers just popped out with joy, the leaves drinking up each drop and of course, most importantly, the roots just as happy as can be.  How precious is the rain and sunshine to the gardens…very…and they show their appreciation by happiness in color, buds and giving joy to their caretakers.

This is another image from the Promise Gardens Spring & Summer photoshoots. The plants (common name) are from left to right: Tulips, Mock Orange, Rose of Sharon, Peony, Hollyhock.

Notes:

  •  Tulips: Everyone loves tulips, a must have in your spring garden/planters.
  •  Mock Orange:  An amazing bursting forth each spring of incredible white  flowers with glorious aroma.
  • Rose Sharon:  Breathtakingly beautiful and each year more abundant.
  • Peonies:  No garden is complete without an array of peonies.  The yellow is new to our gardens this year…sensational!
  • Hollyhock: The “red” hollyhock is a favorite and just breathtaking in the garden.  We have both single/double and prefer the historic “single” version.  These are heart stopping!

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March has come and the Promise Gardens are anxiously waiting for these lovelies to reappear. Bulbs are rearing up but rain and snow are falling down. Soon my gardening friends we will see color!

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Happiness is a Garden Cart

This is a tool that every gardener needs.  Forget old wheelbarrows (which we now use for planters) and buy one of these.  I just purchased my second cart.  I now have one for planting/feeding gardening chores and one for serious garden hauling.  It is so handy when you have to move around a large garden and gives you everything at easy reach and that is gardening happiness indeed.

The cart is available at Lowes, Home Depot and Tractor Supply stores.

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Orange Honeysuckle Love

Honeysuckle is an amazing plant.  This main honeysuckle vine in our garden has its own place and with its climbing and rambling about, it needs one to contain it.  It is prolific in flowering and growth and I keep it pruned for best show during its flowering season.  After our horrid snowstorms this past winter and it being ripped away from its 12ft post, I am redesigning and changing its look for this season.  The winds ripped off its birdhouse house and twisted the vine from its evenly spaced sides so it is a good time to give it a makeover.  Watch for our newly-designed honeysuckle garden soon in full bloom.

“Honeysuckles (Lonicera,  /lɒˈnɪsərə/;[1] syn. Caprifolium Mill.) are arching shrubs or twining vines in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. There are about 180 species of honeysuckle, 100 of which occur in China; Europe and North America have only about 20 native species each. Widely known species include Lonicera periclymenum (European Honeysuckle or Woodbine), Lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle, White Honeysuckle, or Chinese Honeysuckle) and Lonicera sempervirens (Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle, or Woodbine Honeysuckle). Hummingbirds are attracted to these plants.”__Wikipedia

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Painting the Gardens with Awesome Eye Candy

Painting the Garden…It’s All About the Flowers

Flowers and color, where would we be without them in the garden?  We have the lovely greens of grass, trees and leafy plants and the varied blues of the sky as our backdrop so each year for the Promise Gardens Rose & Flower Show, we have every color/hue imaginable on display.  In our container gardening areas and special beds, we mix it up each year with new color combinations and plants to create “awesome eye-candy” for our visitors, friends, family and of course, our photography.  This is a special treat for me as a designer deciding what “new” and “old” creations I can design for a visual and aromatic feast. 

A friend recently shared that their favorite part of visiting Promise Gardens was “just as I enter the gate area, the aroma of roses and flowers entice me in and then my eyes just take it all in and I swear each time I will recreate this myself at home so I can see and smell it all day long.”   Well, that is also one of my favorite things too!

Are you painting your garden?   “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”__Claude Monet

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Historic Hollyhocks in the Shenandoah Valley

Historic Hollyhocks

Here are a few of the photos of our hollyhocks this year.  They are continuing from our historic Hollyhock seeds.  We harvested many seeds over the last four years and have shared them all over the country with friends and family.

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