Mountain laurel

Of the two mountain laurels in my woodland garden, one is predominantly white with burgundy markings, but the other has a lovely touch of pink. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Snowball Bush Viburnum

One of my favorite shrubs in the woodland garden is the Snowball Bush Viburnum. The blooms start out an apple-green color before changing to white. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Purple Formosa Azalea

Larger than most azaleas, the Purple Formosa has blooms that can be magenta, lavender-pink, or a deeper purple. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

White azaleas

“White… is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black… God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.” (Gilbert K. Chesterton) Linked to Cee’s Flower of the…

Mountain Witch Alder

The Mountain Witch Alder (Fothergilla major) is native to the woodlands here in the Southern Appalachians. This year the bottlebrush flowers appeared before most of the leaves emerged. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

December Azaleas

It’s cold here in the Deep South. This morning it was 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 Celsius), and it didn’t get out of the 30s all day. There is ice in the bird bath, and we had snow flurries last night. But my azaleas are blooming. The azaleas always bloom in the Spring, and for the…

Another one and only

Of all the irises in our woodland garden, this was the only one that bloomed this year. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Daylilies

They’re all along the roadsides now and in our garden… “So extraordinary is Nature with her choicest treasures, spending plant beauty as she spends sunshine, pouring it forth into land and sea, garden and desert. And so the beauty of lilies falls on angels and men, bears and squirrels, wolves and sheep, birds and bees.”…

In our woodland garden: Antique pink roses

The antique pink roses on the rosebush by the road finally bloomed, and they are lovely pale shades of pink. “The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process…