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Lovely Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)

May 2nd, 2017

Two years ago I purchased bulbs for hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba). They were planted in the potager until I found the perfect spot for them. Last summer, I decided they should live in the new garden area under one of the century old apple trees. Last weekend, I noticed that one of them was blooming. It’s pink, which surprised me, from what I’ve read, pink is a rare color.

It’s quite a lovely little flower, so delicate and small. I’m hoping it will love this new spot and spread to provide much needed early interest in this area of the garden. From what I read they can spread quite rapidly, which I’m looking forward to. Knowing that it’s native to the eastern woodlands also makes me happy.

What are the first things to bloom in your garden? Have you incorporated any native wildflowers to your space?

Quote of the Day: Carol Deppe

January 13th, 2013

“One of the most joyous things we can do is to find our place, the land we fit into, the land where we belong.  Having found our place, we snuggle into it, learn about it, adapt to it, and accept it fully.  We love and honor it.  We rejoice in it.  We cherish it.  We become native to the land of our living.”

Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener)

I was thinking about the quote the other day as Mr Chiots and I were doing something outside. We have pretty much settled into this new place. It’s starting to feel like home, more of that will come with some painting and a few other projects.
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We are firmly planting ourselves into this new landscape and community. Every Monday afternoon we head down to our neighbor’s for coffee. A New Year’s party was hosted at our home. Another neighbor came for Christmas dinner. We’ve been curling, gone to farm party’s, visited farms, talked to people and have made many new friends. Maine suits us perfectly, I certainly hope the feeling is mutual because we’re here to stay.

How many different places have you become native to?

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