Wow Chucklette, Your gardens are glorious! Like photos right out of a garden magazine! The devil is in the details, & you have nailed the details! Love your "gecko"? patio! That awesome free form chair is a piece of art, & your kitty is so whimsical! Perfection!!!!
We are in zone 4b/5a. The maple is not a Japanese, but rather a Korean (acer pseudosieboldianum)--a great hardy (zone 4-7) substitute for Japanese maple with excellent fall color. The magnolia is a cultivar called 'Ann'--it's been in place for 5 years without any problems. I like its deep purple-red color and the fact that it reblooms sporadically throughout the summer. We also have several 'Merril' Magnolias with white flowers, but they bloom so early in spring that the flowers are sometimes blackened by a late cold snap. 'Leonard Messel' is another magnolia that is hardy in zone 4, with more frost-resistant flowers.
The bergenia is a cultivar called 'Eroica' The flower color is quite striking, and welcome at a time when little else is blooming. The fall color of the foliage is great too.
Just found this here...Chucklette your gardens are drop dead GORGEOUS. Oh to be so lucky to have that kind of spread.
I'm in zone 5a and mine never looked even close to that good. Although I thought so at one time. I definitely need to do some refurbishing on mine...
Hi everyone. Are you surviving the winter? I am definitely not liking the forecast for Monday through Wednesday night. Not when it might dump 19.8 inches of snow my way. tcs, you're in Illinois right? You're supposed to get it worse than us according to out Weather Liars...Kenosha county is looking at 25 inches...
AMEN to that. We went shopping yesterday BEFORE we heard the weather forecast. I'm thinking Ed had better run and pick up more bread, milk and eggs. :) Oh a soda too:)
It is snowing now. Not real hard but they were saying 3-5 by Tuesday morning. Then starting again Tuesday afternoon with the blowing, drifting hard snow. BIL will happy with that he plows snow in the winter and hasn't had all that much to do this year. He will be a busy beaver if things come to pass as they say.
I soooooo want an early spring like last year. The first weekend of April last year is when we dug the new pond in short sleeves and hubby wore shorts a couple days...