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.

Would you rather grow Tradescantia or Spiderwort?

Photo of Tradescantia
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.

 

Snow Drops

Snowdrops photo
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!

Pergola Time!

Photo of pergola construction

Mid-summer is a great time for construction! This pergola is going to tie together the back seating area and really complement the house. Feeling adventurous? Try it yourself!

Winter Rose, aka Helleborus

One of the hardiest, prettiest, most deer-resistant winter plants for our region.

Hellebores
Hellebores from White Flower Farm

Happy New Year!

Winter is in full swing here in the DC area. It won’t be long until we’re seeing the bold yellow of forsythia!

Forsythia image
Forsythia blooms