My dear friend Janelle hosted a luncheon at her house last Saturday. There was eight of us that attended. Lots of good food and chatter for several hours. We then went out to see whats blooming in Janelle's garden.
Her yard is a slightly sloped, woodland style garden. Janelle created this garden over about 10 years. I think it is a beautiful garden. Stone paths lead throughout the sloped landscape where lush plantings hug the stones.
Right now, in the garden, the Daphne is in full bloom and how I wish you could smell this picture! This Daphne can be smelt from 20 feet away.
Spring blooming bulbs are popping up all over. Daffodils, Crocus, Iris, and Pushkinia are everywhere. Soon Leucojum will be blooming as well.
She has a big problem with rabbits eating her crocus so this cute little painted basket protects them and looks decorative.
During the winer months she has to protect the fish in the pond from a resident hawk. Janelle witnessed the hawk dining on her gold fish a few summers ago. Since then she has kept this screen over it during the leafless months. Once the pond plant and trees leaf out it is safe to remove the cover.
Some of her trilliums are popping up as well. I love the mottled foliage of this one.
Hellebores are everywhere in these gardens. Hundreds of them put on a show and Janelle is happy to share with friends.