Beautiful Spring

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March Garden Journal

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‘Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems

Ranier Maria Rilke

Hooray for Hellebores!

beautiful spring-4While wintry temps linger, the Hellebores brings demure beauty to the garden. 

beautiful spring-5These hardy perennials will bloom early and continue to be beautiful even when producing seeds.

Spring began with the Daffodils


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

William Wordsworth

Exuberant Forsythia

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Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy. Anne Lindbergh

Flowering Trees

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Loveliest of trees the Cherry now is hung with bloom along the bough.

A. E. Housman

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Spring’s Surprise 

beautiful spring-2Tulips are considered annuals in the south. Our winter’s typically are not cold enough. But, sometimes, when everything is just right – they’ll return.

A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. Marianne Williamson

Sweet Alyssum

beautiful spring-1I remember playing with these flowers when I was a child – they’re perfect little bouquets for a child’s imagination; for adults as well.

Flowering Snowballs

beautiful spring-3New in my garden, these sweet flowering Snowballs are delightful from their brilliant green beginnings to their showy white bundles of blossoms.


beautiful spring-6This is in my neighbor’s yard – I love the romantic structure of the branches of the flowering quince – I can see that they’d inspire artwork.


beautiful spring-12There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, pray you love, remember…

William Shakespeare

Redtip Photinia

beautiful spring-11This beautiful large shrub sits at the bottom of our backyard. It has all the space it needs to grow large…I love the deep red leaves in the spring as well as the showy blossoms.

The Best Early Blooming Spring Flowers:

  • daffodils – most reliable bulb for the south
  • Hellebores – bloom from midwinter to early spring
  • Forsythia – exuberant, spreading shrub
  • Cherry tree – exquisite shape and beauty
  • Snowballs – from their bright green to their white flower balls 
  • Quince – an exotic, lovely spring bloom

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