Tulipa

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Emerging Tulips by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Garden bed at All Saints Episcopal Church in Peterborough, NH

I was pleased to see this bed of tulips looked so healthy. It is not the case in my garden. After a mild winter, my daffodils and daylilies sprouted a bit early. Around Easter the daffodils had well developed flower buds, just on the verge of opening.Then we got an unseasonably cold evening in the low teens. The plants went limp, not dead but hurting. Even the daylilies which are as strong as iron show signs of yellowing.

I’m not sure if any damage was inflicted on my Star Magnolia flower buds, but hopefully not. There is just no way to depend on New England weather.

 

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Helleborus 2016

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Spring arrives for me when I see the first blooms of the season. The first bloomers are the crocus and Hellebore. Both plants aren’t bothered by the cold or eaten by some critter. The hellebore is one plant that is deer resistant. Spring officially arrives on March 20th, 2016 and the weather prediction is for the heaviest snow of the season. Welcome to New England.

Helleborus by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Hellebore

 

Fothergilla gardenii

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Fothergilla by John Poltrack on 500px.com
I try to pick plants that are a bit non-traditional for the garden. A while back I chose a Fothergilla. This shrub is in the witch hazel family which can be found along the streams in New Ipswich. I have been very happy with this plant over the years. It spreads slowly into a large thicket and has these cool bottlebrush flowers that the bees love. In fall the foliage turns a nice reddish color. Insects leave it alone so it is care free. I have added another variety in my lower garden and I hope it does as well.

 

 

 

Living with Dandelions

These plants are incredibly tough and omnipresent. We spray with chemicals, burn them and attempt to pull them up breaking off enough taproot so they can regenerate. How can you not admire them?

You can eat the leaves, make wine from the flowers and grind the roots as a form of coffee. Try to do that with your perfect lawn of grass leaves. And they really are quite beautiful.

Violets and DandelionsA natural flower arrangement in my “lawn”, a mixture of dandlelions and violets (which are also edible)

Bees love the dandelionThe bees were happy, I expect a bumper crop of seedheads

I took these photos on May 14, 2015 using one of my favorite lens

Olympus MSC ED M. 60mm f/2.8 Lens