The peony garden at the University of Michigan is a great place to visit in Spring. They have over 270 historic peony varieties situated in 27 beds that are nestled amongst the trees in the Nichols Arboretum. Dr. W. E. Upjohn, the founder of Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, donated peonies to the University of Michigan in 1922. The peony garden was opened to the public in 1927 and has been a beloved destination for flower lovers ever since.

Tom and I visited the peony garden for the first time last Spring. It was a beautiful site and I am looking forward to visiting again this season. Since we are all suffering from Spring fever, I thought it would be a great idea to share some photos from our visit.

















Epimedium is a perfect plant for dry shade

Day Dreaming about Flowers

I’m just day dreaming about Spring. It seems like the perfect thing to do as it rains ice outside my window. (smile!) You may also like these articlesThe Garden on 6th Street Backyard Design Inspiration Hidcote Manor Garden Part II Hidcote Manor Garden Part I

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Woodland garden at Chanticleer

Photos from Chanticleer

I was browsing through some vacation photos looking for inspiration for my new Marian garden that I’ll be planting in the Spring. I thought I would share these beautiful photos from my visit to Chanticleer garden in Wayne, PA. It was raining the day Tom and I visited, but it was magical. The planting combinations […]

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The Garden in February

February Snow in the Garden

We got our first real snow storm this past week. I snapped some photos to share of the February garden. Burr! It’s definitely chilly in the garden right now. You may also like these articlesThe Early May Garden 2013 Garden in Review The December Garden The November Garden

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Backyard Garden in January

January in the Garden

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Succulents at the Chicago Botanical Garden Conservatory

I’m Dreaming of Spring

I’ve got Spring fever something fierce this year! I was sifting through old garden photos, thinking about my plans for Spring. I made up some images to paste on my Inspiration board. I thought I would share them with you. Think Spring!   You may also like these articlesI Spy a Beautiful Garden This Garden […]

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The terraced garden at Blithewood

The Terraced Garden at Blithewood

This year’s road trip included a drive through the upper and middle Hudson River Valley, a landscape that has inspired countless artists, poets and gardeners. The photographs below show Blithewood’s terraced garden (located on the campus of Bard College), designed in the Italianate style by Francis Hoppin around 1900. This is a classic example of […]

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View across the mid June garden

The Mid June Garden

It’s been a beautiful Spring. The temperatures have been much cooler and gradual than we typically get in Michigan this time of year. This must be what a “normal” Spring is like.  Here’s some photos of what is blooming in the mid June garden. The bright pink Cranesbill are blooming now. They are one of […]

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Corydalis lutea and euonymous

The Early June Garden

There have been a few disappointments as we move into early June. The biggest is 2-3 of my ‘Forest Pansy’ redbuds did not make it through our record cold winter. That makes me a tad grumpy.  The other disappointment was not one of my heirloom tulip bulbs for my Mrs. Francis King book  grew! Not even […]

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Daffodils in the May garden

The Mid May Garden

What a difference 1 week of warm weather can make in the garden. It seems as though all my daffodils have sprung into flower and there are lots of leaves sprouting everywhere. Temperatures are starting to finally warm up and the garden is growing quickly. Here’s what’s happening in the mid May garden. You may […]

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