I heard that lovely “beep…beep…beep” sound today that I asso­ciate with spring. No, it wasn’t a bird call. It was Chris, my UPS dri­ver back­ing up after drop­ping off two big boxes of flower bulbs for my Mary­land garden.

Spring! I love to walk around with the lit­tle dogs and see the gar­den awake.

young yoshino cherry tree

I snapped my annual shot of a cute Papil­lion next to the young, flow­er­ing yoshino cherry tree. This year’s super­model is Sarah.


The mixed daf­fodil bulbs are up and bloom­ing by the dri­ve­way and near the hay field. There is a house I pass on the way to town with thou­sands of daffodils—all of the same vari­ety. It’s quite a dis­play. But I love the mix of all the dif­fer­ent types of daf­fodils all min­gled together. You can’t see them in this photo, but there are bunches of lit­tle mus­cari bulbs min­gled among the daffs.

The edge­wor­thia that began bloom­ing sev­eral months ago will soon be los­ing its flow­ers. This is a shrub that goes the extra mile with all-season inter­est. You can just see the flow­er­ing quince that’s about to burst forth in the background.


Edge­wor­thia chrysan­tha ‘Snow Cream’

And speak­ing of plants with stay­ing power, I love this let­tuce mix that made it through the win­ter! But sadly, it is now chicken food since it is bit­ter. No wor­ries though. I have a whole new crop of spinach and let­tuce planted in the potager garden.

A mixture of lettuces in the potager garden

Let­tuces in the potager gar­den sur­vived through the winter.

This year I am all about con­tain­ers. The pan­sies and orna­men­tal oregano make nice early spring tran­si­tion plants. But I have big, big, big plans this year for containers!

ornamental oregano

Happy spring!



Be Socia­ble, Share!

20 Responses to “Spring Arrives at My Maryland Garden”

  1. Gail Says:

    Happy Spring to you Robin…The yoshino cherry is beau­ti­ful and Sarah is too cute.

  2. Cindy Says:

    What is the name of the del­i­cate pink flow­ered plant in the last photo?
    Soooo pretty!
    Your lit­tle dog is adorable!

  3. Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening Says:

    Spring is so much fur­ther along there. I think when you have a mix of daf­fodils the dis­play lasts longer but is not as dramatic.

  4. Brenda Says:

    Where do you find orna­men­tal oregano? I would love to find some­one locally that has it!

  5. Bella Says:

    Oh my, that Yoshino cherry tree is look­ing so beau­ti­ful! You know, I never grew any eastern-hemisphere flora, but see­ing that cherry in bloom makes me think I’ve missed much.

    May I make a request? Would you con­sider pub­lish­ing an arti­cle on such exotic plants and trees, and where to grow them, and how to take care of them etcetera? I’ve noticed there aren’t many such arti­cles float­ing on the net, and since I’ve long a silent reader of your blog, I’d rather read about these here than some­where else.


  6. Robin Ripley Says:

    Hi Brenda — I find it at a large regional nurs­ery, Home­stead Gar­dens. Logee’s sells it by mail order. — Robin

  7. Robin Ripley Says:

    Hi Cindy — Thanks! I think you’re refer­ring to the orna­men­tal oregano, or Ori­g­anum rotun­di­folium ‘Kent Beauty’. It is a lovely plant. — Robin

  8. Lonnie Thaler Says:

    Wow! I love all the pho­tos in this post espe­cially the one fea­tur­ing the beau­ti­ful Yoshino Cherry Tree. It is really pretty!

  9. Niles Says:

    Wow! Spring has really started over there! Love the lettuce!

  10. Cindy, MCOK Says:

    Give Sarah AND Sophie a cud­dle from me! The daf­fodils are lovely … wish I could see them and the girls for myself!

  11. Cassidy Says:

    Beau­ti­ful spring pho­tos! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Diane C Says:

    I’m enjoy­ing daf­fodils too. They’re along­side my hur­ri­cane fence. The nice part is that every yard in our block has them as well. It looks like our bor­ders are flowers.

  13. About Aquaponics Says:

    I also enjoy your pho­tos, and espe­cially the Yoshino cherry tree!

  14. Alex Says:

    Bloom­ing daf­fodils are a sure sign of arrival springs but other pic­tures depict­ing other flow­ers and plan­ta­tions are also very beau­ti­ful. Thanks for shar­ing with us!

  15. Jane scorer Says:

    First visit to your blog ! Enjoyed the stroll around your gar­den, enjoy­ing the won­der­ful Spring flow­ers, improved, as always by a dog ! Mine photo bomb nearly every photo, and it is usu­ally just a wag­ging tail, or the glimpse of an ear ! Yours is posed beautifully !

  16. Sam Peri Says:

    I wish I could see the Yoshino Tree for real! Your pho­tos are really amaz­ing. I imag­ined how won­der­ful it would be if there are Daf­fodils around that tree.

  17. Lonnie Thaler Says:

    The pho­tos are great! I could still remem­ber last year when I went to Aus­tralia and I passed by a moun­tain full of Daf­fodils. It was the most spec­tac­u­lar flower gar­den I’ve ever seen.

  18. Maxine Sebring Says:

    These are great pho­tog­ra­phy. This is the rea­son why I love Spring sea­son. You could see a lot of nature’s beauty. Keep on posting! :-)

  19. Troy@FlexiblePVC.net Says:

    Look­ing great! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in mind for con­tain­ers this year!

  20. Jane Abston Says:

    Wow! Great pho­tos! My cousin has Edge­wor­thia chrysan­tha ‘Snow Cream’ at his place. This shrub is really won­der­ful dur­ing spring sea­son. :-D

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


Email Updates

To get the latest Bumblebee posts in your email box, just enter your email address.

  • Tags

  • Recent Posts

  • Google