Another tip for spring flowers; see tulip gardens May 4 and 11

tulip garden in Cheektowaga NY
You can visit this tulip garden in Cheektowaga on Saturday May 4 and again on May 11. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

In a 2014 video, Claudia Kolbe-Hawthorne shared how she gets waves of spectacular spring color in her garden. Today we get a new spring gardening tip and tell you when you can visit her tulip gardens.

Lenten rose. Photo by Claudia Kolbe-Hawthorne

Tip on Lenten rose

Many gardeners enjoy the perennial called the Lenten rose. As its name implies, it blooms early in the spring. When it’s done blooming, the leaves stay green, but some gardeners might find the plant a bit boring at that point.

Kolbe-Hawthorne suggests planting your Lenten rose under a deciduous shrub. Since the Lenten rose blooms before the shrub has leaves, you’ll be able to enjoy an unobstructed view of your pretty early blooms. When the Lenten rose loses its flowers, the shrub starts to leaf out and the plain leaves aren’t as noticeable.

Find more ways here to disguise early bloomers as the flowers fade.

See tulip gardens

This year Kolbe-Hawthorne is allowing the public to visit her spring gardens. Even though we had snow this weekend, she said the tulips are opening up.

The gardens will be open to visitors at different stages. You can see them from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4 and May 11 at 3 Beale Ave., Cheektowaga.

If you’d like to visit at another time, you can call Kolbe-Hawthorne at 833-2251 to make an appointment.

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