Wednesday, April 04, 2012

April Flowers

We’ve recently had a bit of a cold snap, but the drop in temperature hasn’t stopped the early display of blossoms in my garden.  It’s a rare Spring when the forsythia, a cherry tree, waves of daffodils and early tulips are all on show in my yard, and, boy, am I enjoying it.

I’m a gardener—in case you couldn’t tell.  True, as the years go by, I expend less time and energy on plants that need to be coddled, gravitating instead to native perennials and those that seem to thrive with neglect.  These days, it’s more a case of thinning out than adding new.

So what kind of plants do I have?  I live in central New Jersey in a wooded area, and so I have a shade garden.  My aesthetic is “natural”, which requires more work than one might imagine.  Believe me when I say there’s a fine line between a free-flowing tumble of plantings and utter chaos.  As for trees, I have a wonderful array of maples and wild dogwoods.  My shrubs are much as you might expect: rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris andromeda, hydrangeas and hollies—all those wonderful acid-loving varieties.  My perennials include mounds of Lenten roses, deep-purple columbines, hostas of every stripe (literally), black-eyed Susans, lobelia syphilitica, daylilies, spiderwort, foxgloves and scented geraniums.  I could go on, but I must stop somewhere.  And just to round things out, I move outside two palm trees and plant begonias and cherry tomatoes in large pots on the deck.

Each year brings something new, sometimes delightful, sometimes not—tulips that haven’t shown their petals in years suddenly pop up, or a random deer evade the black-mesh fence and enjoys a feast of daylilies.  Either way, I always say it’s hard to be depressed in the face of such changing beauty. 

So, are you a gardener, too?  Tell me what you plant, what you love about your garden, and what frustrates you.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Oh, and by the way, my new release from Harlequin Superromance, The Company You Keep, is also out in April—a bouquet of love that’s a perfect accompaniment to my spring garden.



joye said...

I am not much of a Gardner but I do toss out some California poppy seeds in Oct and in the spring they bloom. I don't water or do anything. they are desert flowers and rely on nature to bloom.

*yadkny* said...

Congrats on your latest release, Tracy!

I should have the green thumb, but alas I do not and it's even more frustrating to realize this when I literally grew up on a farm. My dad can grow anything with very little and managed fields of crops of all varieties and I can barely remember to keep a small indoor plant watered. I wish I had the touch, but I just simply don't.

Chrisbails said...

I am not a gardener, but my husband is. I like to help him with the planting and choosing. He does most of the heavy work. We only have green stuff showing right now excerpt for around one tree we have tulips and daffodils. They will go soon and then everything else will start blooming.
I can't keep houseplants though. I kill them everytime.

Maria Mohan said...

I keep meaning to get into gardening, but somehow it's never happened. Maybe some day.....loved your post.

And congrats on your new release.

marybelle said...

I'm not a gardener at all. I have 6 large pots out front & I neglect even those. I expect plants to look after themselves, which is why I mostly have trees.