Saturday, May 19, 2007

Flowers for Your Hair

"Look at them...

Look at them!

How can they do their job if you don't look at them!?"

I would hear this from my neighbor, Mrs. Lampe, when I walked past her on the way home from school.

Her front yard put 'The Secret Garden' to shame, though people rarely stopped to admire the show.

Gardeners are in tune with the simple beauty that surrounds them, but that's not how it is for most people. We can get so wrapped up in our own little problems, we barely notice what's happening in the world around us.

Flowering Almonds are hard to find but worth the effort. In early spring their branches are laden with pretty, pale-pink double blooms.

Plant a row of these and you'll get to meet every little girl in the neighborhood. They'll sneak into your yard, steal the flowers and weave wreaths to wear in their hair.

After a gorgeous spring show, the bushes leaf out, creating a nice privacy hedge for small yards.

* Prunus glandulosa 'Rosea Plena' - Zone 4, hardy flowering shrub, prefers well-drained soil. Available from Spring Hill Nursery and other online garden shops.

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