My beautiful and fragrant Lindera benzoin is budding. This winter, we moved it from a too-sunny spot in the front garden to a shadier spot in the back. I love this plant so much. It's actually a Northeast U.S. native, but I justified the purchase by the fact that the dried berries can be used in the place of black pepper. The leaves can also be used as a tea (they're so unbelievably fragrant!) and the bark has medicinal qualities.
|My favorite plant in the garden.|
We bought this Rhododendron from a neighbor who propagates several plants.
|Non-native, garden variety rhodie.|
The Berberis aquifolium we planted in the past couple of years are blooming for the first time.
|The Berberis flowers have a light, buttery fragrance that I really enjoy, and so do the bees!|
We now have probably a dozen or so native flowering currants in our garden. The flowers vary from white, to light pink (seen below), to a more vibrant pink. I love the fragrance of these guys.
|The fragrance is not too sweet or 'floral', but is more clean and earthy.|
|Emerson's fig tree has 20+ figs already!|
And the last of our three plum trees has FINALLY blossomed.
|Hopefully there will be enough cross-pollination.|
|Andy accompanies me on my garden inspections.|
I'm excited to announce that our weeping Santa Rosa Plum, which Matt and I planted in the fall of 2010, began weeping this past year AND this spring finally has blossoms!! It's covered in them! I hope this means it will be covered in fruit!
|We almost gave up on you, you late bloomer!|
|Ribes sanguineum, red and white varieties.|
|This one has more vibrant flowers.|