Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thank you SuzySaid for the amazing review for Dream Garden Designs!

Yesterday I checked my email to find that I had gotten an awesome review from SuzySaid, an online news and entertainment source that is tailored by community.  Thank you to everyone at SuzySaid!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Early blooming viburnum in Connecticut

Gorgeous viburnum just coming into bloom here in Connecticut.  I love the lime green tint of these flowers.  

The whorled bud of the native to Connecticut ostrich fern

Could there be anything much more intricate than these ostrich ferns?  

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Redbuds and lime green new leaves

Another almost overwhelmingly beautiful sight in my town right now. The redbud is my favorite spring blooming tree, and seeing it against the deep blue sky and the lime green of these new leaves is so incredible. This is the time of year I say to my kids in the car constantly, as i slow down to stare, "look at that tree" or "look at the color of those flowers"...and they just say "oh Mom, another tree?" They don't really understand now, but someday they, too, will stop and stare at nature's pure colors and, hopefully, appreciate them. I can only hope!
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One of my favorite springtime views here in Fairfield, Connecticut

This house is just a short walk from town and from my house, and I walk by it, or drive by very slowly, many times a day, staring...the combination of pink and white dogwoods and redbuds -- all in full bloom -- is just too intoxicating to resist. I just can't get enough of this view.
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Lilacs in full bloom

Here are the long awaited lilacs in full bloom just yesterday down the street from my house here in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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A little slice of heaven in a very formal garden at NYBG

I just want to sit and stare at this garden for hours and imagine that I am in a geometrically designed garden somewhere in France. Maybe Versailles....
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Perfect symmetry in a formal garden at NYBG

I love this garden at all times of the year. Perfect, ordered symmetry and balance.
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Shades of yellow and orange at NYBG last Friday

Just look at the ingenious use of yellow and orange shaded spirea, euphorbia (a variety I've never seen before!) and tulips at the NYBG. My eyes were literally about to pop out of my head with all the color bursting forth everywhere I looked. I kept stopping to stare and take pictures and almost lost my class....again.....I lost them the week before with another fellow student, Cathy, because I just couldn't get enough of the views so I had to take a zillion pictures so I could study the plants later...over and over again!
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A 'Sky Pencil' sentry

The use of Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' in this garden looks like a sentry or a guard protecting his charges. This is another garden at the NYBG last Friday.
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Cornus florida in full bloom at NYBG

Last Friday the dogwoods were in full bloom and were glorious, along with the redbuds and so much more. Now, finally, the dogwoods are in bloom here at home in Fairfield, Connecticut. This is my favorite time of the year with all the shades of blue, lavender, pink, white and yellow -- and of course, endless shades of glorious green.
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Shade garden at NYBG

Ligularia, Astilbe, Dicentra and Brunnera hold court in this shady spot at the New York Botanical Garden last Friday.
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Yellow peony about to pop at NYBG last Friday

Paeonia 'Empress Wu's Yellow', single hybrid peony
This is a gorgeous yellow peony that is just about to pop...I took this picture during my class last Friday, May 6. I bet it's just about open now.
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