We’ll start off with a first timer: Rhododendron ‘Janet’. She has taken a couple of years to settle in, and now is leading the way as the first of the Rhody’s to bloom.
More like an azalea, this unnamed variety from the big box store is blooming in its first year in the ground.
Several clumps of grape hyacinths have sprung up, unbidden, here and there. I like them so much that…
…they were included in fall’s bulb order.
Forsythia can turn into a big yellow blob in the landscape, but I like it now, when it is still trying to gain a foothold and is flowering sparsely and delicately.
A sprinkling of Anemones covers the ground.
Much as I love all the exotic new plant material, the old-fashioned bleeding hearts capture my heart every spring.
While others have been admiring their Hellebores for some time, mine are just coming into their own.
All of the Euphorbias are putting out their acid green bracts just in time for St. Patrick’s Day bouquets. I hope ‘Blackbird’ is not reverting to green. It seems to have more green than its trademark dark foliage and butchery would be required to get back to only the desired color (not sure I’m up to it).
E wulfenii always puts on a good show. I usually go for close-ups, but this way you get an idea of the size.
I’m going to leave it at that this time. As the season unfolds we must be more selective or risk boring our audience…not like the last few months, when we had to scrounge around to find anything resembling a bloom, inside or out. The whole world seems to be bursting out in blossoms nowadays. If you would like to soak up some of that, scoot on over to May Dreams Gardens for the magic portal to world-wide gardening.