Maria von BrinckenSpring says Hello in Yellow

Here in the Northeast we were visited by another snow storm bringing our total since early February around 100 inches! Ninety something inches more than last year. But who’s counting? The news reports individuals who are angry with the Groundhog. Remember, this year the Groundhog predicted an early spring. Who can you trust?

Witch Hazel and snow

This morning’s icy wonderland makes my cat unhappy. I didn’t shovel the deck yesterday – first time all winter – as it’s officially the first day of spring today – the Vernal Equinox and I’m hoping for a fast meltdown!

Meanwhile, the Witch Hazel ‘Arnold Promise’ continues to cheer me up every time I use my front door!  It’s been blooming since the end of February when I spotted some blooms peaking out above the 4′ snow drift. I watched with wonder as the snow melted to reveal the entire multi-stemmed shrub ablaze with lacy yellow blossoms. The photo above doesn’t do it justice (notice the tipped over bench from the snowplow).  When the early morning sun glazes it, I’ve been stopped in my frozen tracks just to admire it!

This plant is just a juvenile as it will grow to about 10′ tall and wide’. I’m counting on it to act like a small multi-stemmed tree to block out views of my neighbors house while treating the entire neighborhood to it warm yellow enticement!

Last week I visited the Boston Flower & Garden Show. I enjoyed the forced bulbs and flowering shrubs. Here’s a few highlights that I noted:

Miniature island Boston Flower Show 2013

Miniature island Boston Flower Show 2013

I liked this miniature island sans the ring-a-around pea stone.  I could picture this a design element along a path or near a sitting area so one could really look at it. Though I’ve found the moss bit tricky to maintain unless the environment is just right. Sometimes it works better to create this kind of special place in an area where moss already grows.

Water feature Boston Flower Show 2013

Water feature Boston Flower Show 2013

I also liked this “tall” water feature with still water versus making this a fountain. At a couple of feet tall, birds would enjoy it and for parties one could float the occasional blossom or candle for effect.

Garden Design School award-winning garden at the Boston Flower Show 2013

Garden Design School award-winning garden at the Boston Flower Show 2013

APLD award-card Boston Flower Show 2013

APLD award-card Boston Flower Show 2013

 

 

APLD New England Chapter, of which I currently serve as President, awarded the Garden Design School our Landscape Award.  The judging was blind so we didn’t know whose landscape we choose. Great work!

 

 

 

 

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Maria von Brincken

About Maria von Brincken

Award-winning landscape designer, garden journalist and lecturer, certified practising designer with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), former contributing editor to Landshapes magazine. Sudbury, Massachusetts. Read Maria's full blog at A Garden Maker's Notes

One thought on “Spring says Hello in Yellow

  1. Many people really excited when spring is coming, because that was the best season to start a small garden in your backyard and there are also good plants and flowers that perfect to put in your garden on spring season.

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