Mr. Bowling Ball- Who Could Resist?

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Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobozam’, aka ‘Mr. Bowling Ball’ Arborvitae

This photo doesn’t capture how cute and fluffy these things are! I think I’ll put one or two in my 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!

 

 

Snow Drops

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Snowdrops at Green Spring Gardens

I took this picture at Green Spring Gardens last winter and it’s still a favorite! With this warm weather, bulbs will soon be blooming everywhere!

Hellebores in the Winter Garden

photo of HelleboresHellebores are a wonderful plant for the DC area! They provide green foliage year-round, beautiful blooms in winter and early spring, and the deer don’t seem to touch them!

Tropical DC

photo of orchids

Need a dose of the tropics? Head over to the US Botanical Garden! I just went for the first time in several years to catch the end of the Christmas displays. It’s a great place to warm up and dream of spring.

This is November?

hydrangea photoPhoto of roseIt’s been such a mild fall that the hydrangeas and roses are re-blooming here in the Metro DC area- lovely! [Photos taken November 17, 2015, Potomac, MD]

Staghorn Sumac Shines Best in Fall

Staghorn Sumac PhotoThere is so much wonderful foliage right now I can hardly stand it, but one thing I keep seeing around my neighborhood is the Staghorn Sumac. Ranging from deep red to orange and bright yellowy-green, the pinnately compound leaves just jump out against the landscape. I always notice this up and down I-95 in the fall, with the fruits especially showy in winter when the leaves have dropped. Sumac can become the size of a small tree over time. Love this plant!

 

Landscaping Makes a Mess

Photo of bambooBeautiful photos are fun, but we all know sometimes it gets a lot worse before it gets better! Too muddy today to even move the bamboo palette off the walk. Back tomorrow!