Spring Flowers in Silver Spring, MD

DSC02617  This Carol Mackie Daphne (Daphne burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’) graces the front entry way and provides breathtaking fragrance to passersby.  It is in full bloom several weeks later this year than is customary, and as always it is a welcome treat.  This shrub began blooming several weeks ago, appearing covered with white cotton balls, which have begun turning pink; and now ...

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Spring Gardening in the Snow in Silver Spring, Maryland

DSC02388  March 25th, 2013, 8 a.m., 4 inches of snow in Silver Spring, and it keeps falling.  Those plants that need the cold dormancy period, are certainly getting it this year, and insect problems will begin occurring later than last year.  Key gardening chore for today:  sweep heavy snow off of evergreen branches if it does not melt soon.  ...

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Winter Flowers: Montgomery County, MD Landscaping

DSC02316 As the winter cold seems to be relentless here in upper Montgomery County, Maryland, it is exciting to go out into the garden each morning to see some new flowers coming into bloom. This adds some nice color to the chilly gray days that we are experiencing. Colorful flowers can be found on each plane of the landscape – from small trees/shrubs, to perennials, to emerging bulbs. Here ...

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Silver Spring Landscaping

cortaderia-selloana-pampas-grassTypically, we wait until the very end of winter to cut back ornamental grasses in Silver Spring.  But for some reason, this year they’ve been looking more tattered than usual, despite the absence of heavy snowstorms that generally decimate them.  We have, however, been blessed with one or two days each week when the temperatures have climbed to 50 degrees or more, and this allows us to tackle some ...

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