Spring has sprung here at Boscobel Farm. We get so excited to see our favorites reaching their way to the surface after a long winter.
Last year, I came across some information related to the old gardens here at Boscobel Farm. The ones that existed prior to and at the time Charles Hurkamp owned this property. The article was written in the early 1900's and detailed the formal gardens around the property. For a gardener like me, that was the best discovery of the last two years of research.
I will share that information soon, but what I want to say about it now is that it has become somewhat of a treasure hunt for me. Everything becomes a little more special wondering if it was planted so long ago.
This property and house site was settled in the early 1700's and whether anything exists here from that time (landscaping wise), is a toss up. I can take some educated guesses though, during my hunt, since the focus of my life for the last 20 years has been my obsession with gardening and horticulture.
Among the mysteries are grape hyacinth bulbs planted at the base of two head stones in the cemetery, and fall-blooming crocus bulbs on two others. There are daffodils growing in the strangest places, including at least a hundred in the woods, at the edge of the property.
Daffodil (under foundation of house)
There is a lone boxwood growing in a grouping of trees where I believe the Potager started (based on a drawing of the time) and a mystery bulb in a grouping of trees near the orchard.
The Forsythia around the cemetery provides a beautiful view from the front door in March and April, and plentiful cuttings for the house.
Early Spring is my favorite time of the year. The only downside is the temporary nature of the spring bulbs and flowers around the house. They are beautiful but gone way too quickly. This is why I tend toward ever-blooming variety plantings and haven't planted any bulbs myself.
Later this month we will have Weeping Cherry, Eastern Redbud, Spirea and Lilacs in the front, also very transient but beautiful nonetheless.
Spring is bursting forth in the Orchard too. This is the third year for our little orchard and I am really looking forward to seeing what we get. We are expanding our little grove by three to four trees this year.
What do you love most about early Spring? Let me know in the comments below!
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