One of the many things I am enjoying about our little house this spring is discovering what has been planted in our front garden. There is no grass in our front garden (and therefore happily requires no mowing), but rather a collection of plants and bulbs and a little tree. I have in mind things I would like to add, but I will wait to find out exactly what is there before I add any other plants. And what fun it is to discover the plants, figure out just what they are and watch them start to grow this spring.

We’ve had a few croscuses, a cluster of daffodils is just about to bloom, and tulips are well on their way.

A small plum tree with three varieties of plums grafted onto one rootstock is covered in little white flowers and tiny fresh green leaves.

Plum blossoms

But even more exciting for me, as this is afterall the first real garden that my little family has had, is the discovery of some of the other plants that may not be uncommon, but I have never had the pleasure of getting to know. Although my mum was an avid gardener, and now my father and step-mother have gardens, apart from a deeprooted sense that these spaces need plants and plenty of green, I couldn’t tell you the names of most garden plants.

Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)

Ah, the thrill of meeting you bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)! I hear you spread quite quickly, hurry up and fill in the little slope you are growing on!

Wild lupine (Lupinus perennis)

And it is very much a pleasure to see you little wild lupine (Lupinus perennis), I can’t wait to see you in flower.

There are still a few mystery plants that I have left to identify. Does anyone know what this is?

Mystery plant # 1 (Identified! – Wild ginger Asarum canadense)

 I saw the same thing growing on the forest floor amidst trout lillies just the other day while out for a walk with Maus and Cub. I assume it is an Ontario native plant, but I am not sure.

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3 Responses to In the front garden

  1. Becca says:

    I love front yards like these. They’re so beautiful and visually interesting. They make you want to stop and have a look around.

  2. Henry says:

    The mystery plant looks like Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) It is a creeping groundcover with satiny, mid-green heart-shaped leaves and purple-brown flowers low to the ground in the spring. If you break a leaf and rub it between your fingers it will have a gingery smell. It is not related to culinary ginger but does have medicinal value.

    • Belinda says:

      Thanks for ID, looks like that is exactly what it is! I went and had a look for flowers, and there they are, right above the ground. Curious looking things.

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