Winter Jasmine Brightens My Run

Winter Jasmine Brightens My Run

I was running down the Custis Trail yesterday and saw all this Winter Jasmine hanging along the retaining wall- lovely! Native to China, this is a wonderful early winter bloomer, suggestive of forsythia to come a little later.

The Land of Morning Calm

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The Garden of Morning Calm, Republic of S. Korea, July 2016 (M. Robinson)

We’ve had a wonderful summer in Asia, enjoying all the sights and sounds. This beautiful garden was a real highlight of our trip. It has multiple, themed garden areas, all wonderful, but this one was my favorite.

So much beauty everywhere!

Everywhere I look, things are blooming and thriving. I have so many beautiful photos that I thought I’d just post a gallery. Our rainy May is really paying off, but hot dry weather is coming- don’t forget to water!

Salvia ‘Ultra Violet’

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Salvia ‘Ultra Violet’ is a cross between a Salvia greggii and Salvia lycioides. (M. Robinson)

I love Salvia greggii varieties, and this one is new to my garden this year. As I learned from the Digging Dog Nursery website, this is a “hummingbird-initiated cross” between Salvia greggii and Salvia lycioides. I love that! It’s also deer and rabbit resistant, which has become important in my garden these days.

Would you rather grow Tradescantia or Spiderwort?

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Tradescantia, aka Spiderwort, photo M. Robinson

I planted clumps of Tradescantia about 8 years ago, and they still come up and bloom for 4-6 weeks every spring. They’re so graceful, opening overnight and then slowly closing up as the day goes on. Their common name is Spiderwort! Take a look at this great essay on the awful name. (“Wort” is an old word that was applied to plants with herbal or medicinal properties. It’s still in use in the brewing industry.)

I didn’t even know Mr. Tradescant was a person. Fascinating! I learn so many new things every day.

 

Perfect Peonies

Few flowers are as stunning as peonies. And when I see them I want to make tissue paper flowers! Many are blooming around the DC area already. If yours (like mine) are only in part sun, they are probably still in buds.

Don’t forget to pick them and enjoy them in a bouquet if you have them in your garden!

I love Red Buckeyes!

I’ve always wanted an Aesculus pavia, aka Red Buckeye. Why don’t I have one? They are small, very full, with these wonderfully exotic leaves and great red flowers right now. They’re also native to our DC area and make a great hiding place for birds! I really must get one for my back garden.

 

Covering ground with Euphorbia

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Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae is a great evergreen groundcover.

I’ve posted pictures of this Euphorbia (Wood Spurge) before, but since it’s flowering right now, I ran out after a rain shower and took another photo. This is such a great groundcover. It’s evergreen and it spreads to cover more area, but it’s very easy to pull out if you think it’s getting unruly. Check out this article from Fine Gardening to see some commonly available varieties.

Naturalized Daffodils Just Work!

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Naturalized woodland daffodils

Daffodils are a perfect choice for the DC Metro Area. They will naturalize (come back year after year, often forming clumps), squirrels don’t dig up the bulbs, the deer don’t eat them, they’re affordable, and they require very little effort. Best of all, they bring incredible cheer all spring long. Love!

My very favorite source for bulbs is Colorblends. Check them out and order early in the fall- they do sell out!