2023 Highlights in Fran’s Backyard

At this time we’re visiting with Fran Cohen who gardens in Rhode Island:

In the course of my winter gardening routine, pouring over seed catalogs, reviewing favourite gardening books and previous High quality Gardening magazines, I noticed the FG remark that GPOD submissions are gradual within the winter. That prompted me to look again on the years’ backyard images to see if there was something price sharing. And that gave me a brand new perspective on my 2023 gardening yr. As a substitute of my lingering preoccupation with the injury achieved by deer and rabbits and bugs, I’m happy to recollect highlights.

hellebore flowers in a glass bowl

Most of my hellebore flowers (Helleborus hybrids, Zone 4 – 8) are downward dealing with so flotation is an ideal strategy to get pleasure from them.

close up of red quince in bloom

This lovely crimson quince (Chaenomeles speciosa, Zone 4 – 8) isn’t very full as a result of it doesn’t get as a lot solar because it ought to, however it’s nonetheless considered one of my spring favorites. The buds are lovely, the flowers are like tiny roses, and the colour is so wealthy.

tree peony with bright pink flowers in front of a large doublefile viburnum

I haven’t had one of the best luck with this tree peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zone 4 – 8) which has been moved umpteen instances, however it appears completely satisfied right here, backed by a doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum, Zone 5 – 7).

large fern and pink and blue flowers in a shade garden

It is a shady spot between a magnolia and a stewartia the place a strong however delicate maiden hair fern (Adiantum pedatum, Zone 3 – 8) enjoys the corporate of a geranium (Geranium × cantabrigiense, Zone 5 – 8), forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica, Zone 3 – 8)and candy woodruff (Galium odoratum, Zone 4 – 8).

garden arch covered in bright pink flowers

This arch has been the positioning of some household weddings.

view of garden from upstairs window

We took out an previous in-wall air conditioner and as an alternative of patching the outlet added a window which supplies us a really good backyard view.

large shrub in the garden next to blue chair and potted plant

Right here is one other flowering viburnum (forgot the title). I just like the sorbaria (Sorbaria sorbifolia, Zone 2 – 8) foliage however take it from me, it must be confined to a pot.

close up of pink David Austin Gabrielle Oaks rose

This yr my sister and I gifted one another with a rose. Right here is my new lovely David Austin ‘Gabrielle Oaks’.

large nicotiana plant in the garden

This nicotiana (seems to be like Nicotiana sylvestris, Zone 10 – 11 or as annual) has an fascinating historical past. It first appeared 2-3 years in the past as a weed in a giant potted Meyer lemon tree which overwinters in the home. Moderately than disturb the lemon tree, I stored reducing again the seedling. Lastly in yr three I repotted the lemon and put the properly rooted nicotiana within the floor the place it took off, getting taller than me. Now I’ve a number of seeds to unfold across the backyard.

allium seed heads in a vase

The seed heads of huge alliums evenly sprayed with white paint make a very good winter association.


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