April showers bring all kinds of flowers! The downtown landscapes of Lake City are abounding with springtime bulbs, vibrant violas, and flowering shrubs and trees. I have the unique privilege of not only gardening at Moore Farms Botanical, but also get to design and maintain the green spaces in Lake City. As a resident of the town, it’s exciting to step out of my door each morning and notice something new growing, blooming, fruiting or changing color. Enjoy the following images of springtime in the city.
The eagle mound at Village Green features classic single-cup daffodils and ‘Menton’ tulips
The Community Museum Society, formerly the Whitehead Infirmary, is lush with annual color. The local bees seem to appreciate it!
The Bean Market and Jones-Carter Gallery complex boasts annuals like this bold Dianthus, commonly known as pinks, or Sweet William. Loropetalum, redbud, and evergreen jasmine make for a trifecta of color in the Bean Market Alley, while a standard Fuji cherry stands sentinel at the front.
Easily one of my favorite flowering perennials, ‘Homestead Purple’ verbena reliably comes back each year, attracts pollinators, and provides the most gorgeous purple tone in the landscape. It certainly jazzes up the front of the Ron McNair memorial park.
This year, I mixed both ornamental (violas) and edible (purple mustard) in the containers outside of the Old Mule Stables.
The Caboose parking lot landscape received some serious TLC this past month, when gracious volunteers planted an assortment of vines, perennials, semi-aquatic plants, and annuals. For more information on Moore Farms Botanical Garden’s volunteer program, contact Youth & Outreach Coordinator Kristen O’Hara at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you in Lake City!