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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

In the Yard n' Garden Land Greenhouse

My season at Yard n' Garden Land has not started yet but I did work yesterday to help out in anticipation of a busy day. Nice weather was predicted and there were a lot of customers who were attending a rose seminar. 

The greenhouse was beautiful (Kellie does such a great job with displays) and seeing all the colors and blooms gives a great energy boost this time of year.

One entire side of the greenhouse is roses although they will be moved outside in a few weeks. This photo was taken before the rose seminar was over and lots were sold following that -

There are many new pots and I'm told that more are on the way. Hopefully, more bird baths and water features too -

So many camellias! This is 'Yume' and I wish I had a spot for this one. It is gorgeous! -

And many hellebores as well -

And, if there was room, I would plant a paperbush (Edgeworthia) - 

And stepping outside to the trees and shrubs, the area where I work -

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Beautiful nursery. I'd have trouble working there--I'd be one of their best customers!

  2. You are so fortunate to work a nursery, especially one as nice as this. Had this been my career I'd have a hard time retiring.
    Maybe now that your garden is 'full', you'd get to keep some of your paycheck :-D

  3. That nursery has more jewels waiting for new homes than my local SoCal garden center but then the latter doesn't have a greenhouse (and the cold temperatures are back).

  4. What a beautiful nursery, everything looks wonderful! I can only imagine the daily temptation to bring plants home.

  5. It is so exciting to see all of the color! It appears that they will have a successful season.


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