Becky Kirts is a Master Gardener residing in Shelby County, Kentucky. She loves to share recipes, garden information and travel fun on her blog. Gardening is in her genes. Becky grew up in a family of eight where a love of nature and gardening was understood and respected. In addition to growing plants, she has spent years cultivating her passion through research, writing, and teaching. She did this while raising two children and working full time.

Becky lives in a beautiful 100 year old home on land once owned by Squire Boone. She is lovingly trying to nurture the land to make it a home for birds, wildlife, plants, pets and family. Becky’s property has over 60 varieties of trees, a vineyard, berry patch, a potager garden, and much, much more.

Becky hopes that you will enjoy her personal approach to life in her garden and beyond.
 

 

Blooming in my Garden…...
by Becky Kirts - posted 03/19/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Breathtakingly Beautiful Bridal Wreath Spirea. (Spiraea prunifolia).  

 It is blooming in my garden now.....It often bloom before the leaves have opened up on my trees

 

 

I really cannot verify what the variety of my particular shrub because it was here when I brought the property 20 some years ago. I love it for so many reasons. When this shrub is in full bloom it resembles a fountain of amazing small clusters of white flowers. The blooms extend all the way down the arching canes. 

 

The name comes from the fact that the canes thru the ages have been shaped into a wreath and worn by brides as a headdress for their wedding day. Very Special!!

 

I transplanted a great deal of this shrub to the back fence row about 10 years ago. Now it puts on such an impressive show. My variety grows to over 6 ft tall and is very full. It seems to prefer full sun but does fine in partial shade. My Bridal Wreath Spirea loves it out in the field along the fence row and it  provides such a beautiful screen. Transplanting some of this shrub allowed my Kerria japonica with its yellow puff blooms, to fill in the gaps. Together they are so impressive…

 

 

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