Grape Hyacinth

GrapeHyacinthTiny, bell-shaped, frilly edged clusters of Grape Hyacinth blooms are starting to fill my containers now. I pair them with daffodils for pretty late winter color. I dug the bulbs from under the Crabapple tree just after moving here and put them into containers. The ground under the tree wasn’t ideal. They seem much happier in the containers and have bloomed profusely for years.

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This photo was taken before the hyacinths bloomed, but you can see their trailing, green, skinny leaves hanging over the sides of the container. Also in this container, are a variety of miniature Daffodil and fantastically fragrant Freesia-which will bloom this summer. My sweet mother-in-law gave me the container when we moved in and I am so happy it’s finally filled with greenery and blooms.

Ardisia Crenata Coral

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I received a tiny plant for Valentine’s Day from my husband 10 years ago. It got bigger and I kept transplanting to larger containers. One year, I cut the tops off to prune. The next year tiny, pale, white flowers led to red berries!

Coralberry, Spiceberry, & Christmas Berry are common names for this evergreen from Asia whose roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Now my Coralberry is a 3 ft tall beauty.

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I move her into the garage when temps. drop below freezing-which isn’t often this year. She likes shade and gets droopy leaves when needing water or getting too much direct sun.

Like my love for my husband, she has grown grander and more beautiful over time. He knows I like plants instead of cut flowers for gifts. The cut flowers are beautiful but fade quickly. He is so thoughtful to give me both often. This plant will continue to bring me joy for many years to come.