Susanna Farm Nursery Visit

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If you’re looking for specimen trees, Susanna Farm Nursery is a great destination. It feels more like an arboretum than a trade nursery, and you can easily spend an hour or two strolling through the grounds. I was looking for some good-sized maples to use as accents in a client’s back garden, but I also came across some wonderful willow standards for another project. Well worth the trip for the beauty and inspiration and just a relaxing afternoon out.

2017 is All About ‘Greenery’!

2017 is All About ‘Greenery’!

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 is a no-brainer for the landscape. ‘Greenery’ is meant to be fresh, lively, and symbolic of a fresh start- all the things a good garden should be!

What will you do outside in 2017?

Perfect Weekend

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Stunning early fall color in North Arlington.

Wow, DC! The forecast is calling for a perfect weekend to get out and clean up the yard! I know I’ll be out pruning, cutting back perennials, and pulling some pesky weeds. Savor the moments outdoors and TGIF!

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!

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.

 

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.

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!

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!