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The old spruce tree in the front yard (as shown on the Front Yard Garden page) is surrounded by a ring of Pachysandra, one of the few ground covers that can thrive directly under a fir tree. It is quick growing, easy to keep in check, and makes a lovely counterpoint to the tree. It blooms in spring, with clusters of small white flowers. You can make them out in the shot above; shown below is a close-up.
It's April of 2003 and though the pachysandra spent most of the winter buried under snow and ice, it's come back in fine fashion and is now in bloom.
It's late April 2004 and though I worried about the pachysandra surviving a very bad winter, it's come through in fine form and is in bloom.
It's the first week of April 2006 and the Pachysandra, though heavily crushed down by our late season blizzard, has sprung back in fine form and is in bloom.
It's mid-May and the pachysandra bed is doing extremely well.
As is usually the case, late April (2007) brings the bloom of the pachysandra.
In the spring of 2009, the bloom of the pachysandra was particularly nice.
Alas, two blizzards and an unnamed hurricane made it necessary to cut down my beautiful old spruce tree. Rather than try to plant a new tree, that area is now going to be part of the front lawn and, as a result, the pachysandra bed has been ripped out.
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