My Woodland Garden- April 8, 2016

March 2016.  March teased us.  March promised us an early spring.  March…. March… March…

This past week we spent much of it looking out the windows – admiring whatever green Mother Nature was offering – under our breath muttering that April was colder than March had been.  Feeling as if we were spinning our wheels….

A walk around the gardens felt like I was at a standstill.  Somethings have changed – however I am optimistic for next week.

Yes, the books tell you daylilies are full sun perennials – however – we

Early spring – Happy Returns Daylily

have had these Happy Returns here for years – in front of our Yews and in mid-summer, they begin to blossom and continue to do so for many weeks.  A buttery yellow in  color – they are a re-bloomer – and offer up a bright spot everyday upon returning home.

My gardens – consisting mostly of hosta – well – they are beginning to make their appearance.  It is always exciting to see the pips peeking out from the earth in the early spring.

Hosta pips

Other perennials that hold their own in my perennial garden include the heuchera.

Heuchera – an evergreen perennial – meaning that you do not prune it back in the fall – just clip out any dead leaves in the spring.  Also known as coralbells – it is a striking perennial with leaves in shades of deep, deep purple (almost black) to a maroon color, to a lime green and a orange / coral / purple color as the one pictured here in my blog.

A perennial that loves moist – well drained soil – partial sun/shade it flourishes.  I have several and combined with  our hosta and hydrangea – makes an excellent combination!


As I end the week here in my garden, I am anxious for next week.  Temps in the 50’s and 60’s are predicted – let’s hope.