Sisters’ Garden In Late Winter

Camellia

Camellia

Last summer when I visited their new home my sisters’ garden was a cool green respite from the August heat.  When I visited this week their shrubs and early bulbs were providing plenty of seasonal color in these last days of winter.

The garden, filled with mature plantings, has been a joy for them as plant surprises unfold regularly. Numerous Camellias have provided a progression of blooms.

One exciting surprise for me was seeing they have Snowdrops Snowflakes
growing in a sunny front border along with a variety of Narcissus. I let my sisters know my garden has none but could use a Snowdrop Snowflake or two when these need to be divided. [Note: Pauline helped me identify these correctly as Leucojum (Snowflake), not Galanthus (Snowdrop). Thanks so much Pauline!]

In the back part of the garden tall palm trees intermingle with hardwoods, pines, and magnolias. On this day robins, cardinals and numerous other birds darted overhead from tree to tree or pecked along the ground, filling the air with their chatter.  Sonorous wind chimes sang along. Secluded and peaceful, this garden inspires calm and serenity.

Palm Canopy

Palm Canopy

New Growth On Magnolia

New Growth On Magnolia

Along the side of the property golden Forsythia flowers stand out against the deep green English Ivy. English Ivy is widespread in this garden and is invasive in the Southeast. My sisters have begun hand-pulling the vines this winter and will probably be dealing with it a long time.

Forsythia and English Ivy

Forsythia and English Ivy

Several garden sculptures bring personality and charm to the setting.

Inside the house is a collection of orchids in the sun room. They are all beautiful, especially this one with its rich, exotic color.

Orchid

Orchid

This is a lovely garden and in a few weeks irises, dogwoods, rhododendron and azaleas will be the stars. I am looking forward to the next visit with my sisters.

28 thoughts on “Sisters’ Garden In Late Winter

  1. Linda Jay

    Everything you do on your blog is so beautiful it feels personal. I love it. And now we see you are part of a sisterly love of gardens. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I think so too Christina. They’ve had something blooming non-stop since moving in last spring, so they’ve almost seen the entire cycle.

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  2. Cathy

    A lovely garden, with spring bulbs AND palms! How lucky you are to share a love of gardening with your sisters. Hope they can part with some snowdrops for you. (The best time to divide them is NOW!) 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It is unusual to see palms around that area, I think, but apparently there are several other homes nearby that have palms also. I am hoping to score some of the bulbs (turns out they are snowflakes, not snowdrops). My sisters don’t have Hellebores so maybe I can strike up a trade! Have a good day Cathy.

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  3. Pauline

    Such a lovely selection of Camellias, it is always exciting discovering what pops up in a new garden, it looks as though the previous owners were serious gardeners. I think you might find that the snowdrops are snowflakes, Leucojum not Galanthus, but they can be treated just the same as snowdrops when splitting, they are such pretty plants with flowers that look just like Tiffany lampshades, you have reminded me that I must split mine now!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Pauline. I’m so grateful you helped me identify the snowflakes properly. I like them quite a lot and have been drooling over your snowdrops too so now I hope to add both to my garden. Thanks!

      This garden has so many different camellias–I’m just amazed. My photos don’t do them justice.

      Take care. Susie

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  4. Sue Gaviller

    Okay now I’m just jealous – it’s snowing and minus 10C here! Seriously though, this garden is a feast for the eyes, a boost for the spirit and a wee bit o’ green for St. Pat’s Day – thanks!

    Sue

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  5. Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    I enjoyed seeing the camellias that are in bloom for you. We have hellebores and camellias in full bloom so we are just about the same spot in spring that you are enjoying. Your photos are amazing, thank you for sharing.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Charlie. Thanks for visiting my blog. I checked out your Seattle Trekker too. You’re doing some interesting articles there and I look forward to reading more.

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