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The Garden Awakens

Anise 'Woodland Red' ( Illicium floridanum ) A few weeks ago, I thought spring would never arrive, but now the change is astonishing. The nights are still cold (40s and sometimes even 30s) so planting tender annuals and vegetables is unwise although I have already succumbed, but covering and uncovering things gets old quickly. Someone made a wise comment last week and I must agree with them - "Don't plant anything tender until after May 1". Several plants are blooming like never before. One is the Anise shrub (above and below). I don't know if the recent tree pruning, which is allowing more sun into the woodland path, is affecting it or perhaps it is just age, but I've never seen so many blooms. Michael refers to this as "the stinky fish shrub" and I have to admit to smell of the flowers is quite unpleasant. It is so beautiful that I can overlook that. The old pink dogwood tree, which was already here, shades our woodland path and it too is prett

Early Flowers


Cyclamen coum

Hellebore 'Merlin'


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Our"early flowers" are very different but I suspect the job we find in them is similar :)

  2. The first signs of Spring :). I love the yellow crocus, so bright in February.

  3. Beautiful leaves on the Cyclamen coum. So exciting to see the beginnings of Spring

  4. Lovely, all of them, especially the photo of the Snow Drop. The foliage of the Cyclamen is also striking.


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