Gardening in a shade gardenšŸ•¶

The first time I realized my new house had a very shady garden I immediately thought a colorless back yard. And no chance of a vegetable garden.

Beautiful mature Camellia plants lined the yard, and a few azaleas bloomed in between. One Japanese maple tree that had grown out of its corner, was overwhelmed by a white dogwood tree, and shaded by a large mulberry tree branches.

When spring came, I started making a list of plants that were colorful, plants with many shades of green, and a list with combination of perennials and annuals.

My list for annuals: Begonias, impatiens, monkey flower, snapdragon, pansy, coral bells, lily of the valley.

My list for perennials: foxgloves, hydrangeas, hostas, ferns, primroses, encore azaleas.

I am sure you agree when I say, a Gardner needs to be patient and thick skinned. No matter how much planning is done you are still in the mercy of nature and drastic changes in weather. Gardening is always a work in progress, and the joy of seeing a perennial popping itā€™s head out of the soil in early spring is absolutely priceless.

Begonia
Hosta

Azalea

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Spring is herešŸŒ·

Most of us are having a difficult time leaving our homes to see the arrival of this early spring season.

In the south where cherry blossoms have their own festival, trees have quietly bloomed and have not been fazed with the current state of time.

We hope you are staying healthy, and hopeful that everything will be back to normal soonšŸŒž

Hope our spring photos put a smile on your face šŸŒ·

Early Spring Blooms indoors

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Bring the blooms indoors

We can bring early spring indoors, by cutting a few branches of trees and shrubs, and have them bloom early indoors.

Here is what to look for:

Azalea, beauty bush, crab apple, flowering quince, magnolia, pussy willow, redbud , serviceberry, witch hazel, forsythia,Ā rhododendron, spirea,Ā and fruit trees : cherries, pears, and apples.

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Rhododendron buds

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Redbud, look for younger ones these are already ready to bloom

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Redbud

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RhododendronĀ buds

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Azalea blooms

If you can cut the branches in a warm day look for swollen, plump buds.Ā Cut branches at an angle and be sure you cut them long enough to stand out in your container. To get water quickly to branchesĀ smashing the bottoms of your branches gently, will make it easier for the branches to take up water. For these young buds to go through the transitionĀ place your container away from sunlight, in a cool location.

Whitin 1 – 6 weeks you should see the buds swell and begin to open, and ready to be placed in sunlight.

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Quince buds

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Tulip tree buds

 

Early Spring Blooms indoors

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Redbud

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Bring the blooms indoors

We can bring early spring indoors, by cutting a few branches of trees and shrubs, and have them bloom early indoors.

Here is what to look for:

Azalea, beauty bush, crab apple, flowering quince, magnolia, pussy willow, redbud , serviceberry, witch hazel, forsythia,Ā rhododendron, spirea,Ā and fruit trees : cherries, pears, and apples.

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Rhododendron buds

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Redbud, look for younger ones these are already ready to bloom

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RhododendronĀ buds

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Azalea blooms

If you can cut the branches in a warm day look for swollen, plump buds.Ā Cut branches at an angle and be sure you cut them long enough to stand out in your container. To get water quickly to branchesĀ smashing the bottoms of your branches gently, will make it easier for the branches to take up water. For these young buds to go through the transitionĀ place your container away from sunlight, in a cool location.

Whitin 1 – 6 weeks you should see the buds swell and begin to open, and ready to be placed in sunlight.

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Pictures of Early Spring Blooms

Sharing a few signs of early spring.

When temperatures drop below the freezing point of water (32Ā° F or 0Ā° C) water inside a plant freezes, it can cause the plant cells to burst, resulting in irreparable damage. For us to protect these early buds, covering them with towels and sheets when the sun goes down has become a routine. You can also use anĀ inverted bucket, a flower pot, or a layer of mulch.

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Red bud Tree

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Hyacinth

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Bluberry

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Daffadils

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Azalea

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Hyacinth

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