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20 Mar Spring Inspirations…

As I sit here writing this… it’s snowing. Not quite what we expected here in Southern New England on this first day of spring 2015, but we’ve seen record amounts of snow this winter so what’s one more measly snow event to true blue New Englanders like us. Right? I said, right?? Not to worry though, because despite the depressing thought of shoveling the driveway once again, spring is here and it won’t be long before we’re out primping and preening our gardens .

So, in an effort to lift your weary spirits, I give you the words of Mark Twain and a glorious little photo from a spring gone by.

Enjoy my friends, and get ready for spring, ’cause it’s here!
 

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is.
And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

~Mark Twain

 

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25 May Garden Worthy Plants – Climbing Hydrangea!

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris), is a beautiful deciduous climbing vine. It’s flowers are not as showy as its shrubby cousins the mophead and panicled Hydrangeas, but it makes a statement in the garden none the less. Rich, deep-green, leaves emerge on strong branches that reach out from the main stem, giving depth to whatever structure the vine is climbing on. White lacecap flowers are borne on the tips of these branches, giving the plant a soft, frosted look. The bark is cinnamon brown in color and exfoliates from the stem to give a wonderful texture after the leaves drop. It climbs (to 60 feet or more) by twining its way around structure and by small aerial rootlets that allow the vine to attach to hard surfaces. Native to Southeast Asia, it is slow to establish then fast growing once established. It is not condidered invasive and is easy to prune, making it a wonderful addition to any garden!

 

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) in bud, beginning it's climb up a Silver Maple.

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) in bud, beginning it’s climb up a Silver Maple.

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) on a fence.

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) on a fence.

 

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) climbs the trunk of a tall pine tree at O'Brien's Nursery in Granby CT.

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) climbs the trunk of a tall pine tree at O’Brien’s Nursery in Granby CT.

 

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