Tag Archives: Hellebores

Hellebores – A Gardener’s Comfort

By Dina Lehman Avid gardeners spend the winter months gazing through plant catalogs, planning for changes and new additions to their gardens while eagerly awaiting the first signs of spring. The hellebore, an evergreen plant that usually reaches 15 inches … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring in the Shade Garden

By Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener To any garden visitor strolling through Bon Air Park’s Shade Garden in mid-January, clumps of snowdrops would have immediately captured their attention given the backdrop of mostly barren garden beds filled with fallen brown leaves. … Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening

We’ve edged into May, smack in the middle of spring. The delight we gardeners take in the arrival of the season has been tested this year. After the long cold winter, spring finally arrived about mid-April. And then it had second thoughts and retreated, only to turn the heat up to almost 80 for a day or two and then retreat again. Rain has fallen pretty regularly. So while we can’t quite trust the season (what’s new about that? “April is the cruelest month,” said the poet in 1922) and we struggle with its fickleness, still we rejoice. And then we take stock of what winter meant to our particular plots: What died, what lived, how is the seasonal progression going this year? Continue reading

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Happenings in the Demonstration Gardens

(UPDATE: added © Mary Free; thank you for your volunteering, Mary) Usually winter is a quiet season in the gardens with the evergreens and hollies taking center stage to showcase their foliage, cones, and berries. However, the unseasonably warm temperatures … Continue reading

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