The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

 Everyday for the past few weeks I’ve fielded some kind of question about the abysmal state of the pansies and other winter weary botanical beings in our area. For the landscaper in me, this harsh winter is sure to guarantee lots of work for the spring and summer. But for the home gardener in me, a walk around my little acre (and I’m not referring to Kylee Baumlee’s place) revealed the good, the bad, and the ugly.


Pieris japonica only intensified in beauty with all the cold weather
Full of buds ready to break open into rosy strands of flower bells

This heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’ never faltered.
Red twig dogwood always is a winner in winter
But my hellebores took a beating!

As did my Loropedulum ‘Suzanne’

I’ve never seen my ivy turn this dark maroon

This once always faithful and beautiful Ephorbia ‘Blackbird’ might have finally bit the dust.

I haven’t given up hope on my new baby camellias, but it isn’t looking too hopeful

Yea for the buds on my flowering quince!

 And daffodils are exploding through the ground.

This bridal veil spirea will be stunning in a few weeks

 Even my sycamore tree takes on a majestic look this time of year.

 The flowers on my Tulip polar tree are delightful in the late afternoon sun.

 And I am crazy about this Nandina ‘Obsession’

My Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’, which I adore, has lasted 3 years here. Really wondering if it’s really gone.

 There are signs of hope among the hellebores!

 And nothing like a little witchhazel to cheer my winter blues

Naked ladies! Or otherwise known as Lycoris, starting to make their clothed appearance, then they will die to the ground and return mid-summer to earn their moniker.

 Magonia “Elizabeth” buds are well protected for the next cold snap this week.

Never knock junipers if you’ve haven’t tried ‘Saybrook Gold’ – a stunny look in the winter!

 Chinese Snowball Viburnum buds – one of my favorite spring displays

 And signs of blueberries to come…

 There is definately the bad from this winter – like this Mediteranean Heather (Erica) that I’d had for almost 10 years which looks like it may be toast,

But there is plenty of good to enjoy!

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – Feb. 15

Somehow I lost a day. I was excited to get photos of what was blooming in my garden for Bloom Days and realized that YESTERDAY was the 15th of the month. So here I am a day late and a dollar short but I still am loving what I see making a grand appearance in my garden. 
Pink Erica, often called Mediterranean Heather, is a faithful winter bloomer in my Tennessee weather.

Though not quite in bloom yet, the deep pink of the Pieris Japonica buds and stems in late winter are fabulous.


Blackbird Euphorbia remains one of my all-time favorite four season plants.  And I taught plant-hunter Barry Yinger that this plant name needs to be sung, not just spoken so if you meet Barry,  ask him to sing you a plant name.

Iberis or commonly called candytuft
Bridal veil Spirea
Baby’s Breath spirea that I bought from Petals from the Past

This Chinese Snowball Viburnum bud looks a little devilish! 

Helleborus Ivory Prince

I spy a shy new bloom

I foresee blueberries in my future

Blueberry buds 

Lots of blueberries