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Spring in the Woodland Garden

Strolling through the garden in the spring never fails to provide an element of surprise. Something new happens everyday. When I come upon a plant responding to the warm days of Spring with rebirth or new growth I delight in it all over again as if I’d just planted it. This afternoon I spent more time in the woodland garden where I’ve been focusing on the Japanese maple ‘Crimson Queen’ and finally, …there’s the upshoot of the nearby hosta!

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Hosta spp.

I’ve had these hostas (three in a mixed bed) for years, faithfully returning ever spring. I can’t begin to tell you the name and it’s not particularly showy, but I always look for its spring emergence¬† with anticipation, as if I’m waiting for Yellowstone’s Old Faithful to erupt.

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Hosta in the woodland garden

And just beyond the hosta is a favorite of mine: the Dryopteris erythrosora or Autumn fern. I have it as an accent plant grouped with the Japanese maple, loropetalum, and hydrangeas. When the fiddleheads unfurl into their copper-red fronds it’s a beautiful compliment to the similar color of the Crimson Queen maple and loropetalum.

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Autumn fern fiddleheads

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Autumn fern fronds in spring

Although short lived the bronzy autumn color of the fronds is a pretty combination with the burgundy of  loropetalum and Japanese maples.

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Acer Palmatum 'Crimson Queen'

So, what are some of your favorite spring arrivals? Is it the rebirth of a beloved daffodil or iris, or is it the unfurling of beautiful foliage in general? So much to enjoy!