Spring has sprung and there are now so many things in bloom outside that I will only post some of the floral offerings.
Some Daphne or other with a delicious fragrance!
The magnolias are at their peak. Here's M. 'Black Tulip'
Inherited magnolia. You know, there's a reason that all of the books recommend siting ponds well away from trees. I can tell what time of year it is by what I'm skimming off of the water. Camellias, magnolia blossoms, bamboo leaves all summer then magnolia leaves in fall. Oh well, skimming 2 - 3 times a day keeps me in touch with the goofy fish.
The newest addition to the magnolia collection is Magnolia laevifolia which perfumed the car with it's beautiful lemon scent on a two hour drive home. Heaven!
Trillium in a shady area
Skimmia Japonica's flowers have a strong wafting fragrance that I look forward to enjoying each spring!
Tulip time! It's nice to think back to that October day when we planted tulips in the morning then went to the pumpkin patch. We'll make it an annual tradition!
Who wouldn't hit the bottle after spending the winter out in the cold? These have come back for ten years. Unfortunately, I don't remember the variety.
If I recall correctly, these were supposed to be orange. Perhaps they change color as they age.
Our native skunk cabbage, Lysichiton americanus.
The flowers of Rhododendron 'President Roosevelt' fade to this vibrant pink color as they age.
They start out looking like this.
Smelling Fragrant Stock brings back a flood of happy memories so there is often a pot or two on the back steps.
Berberis darwinii is a hummingbird favorite.
Pulmonaria is still going strong.
The earliest Camellia japonica has finished blooming for the year but many others are now continuing the show. There is one strange one that blooms on and off all summer long. go figure.
Agapetes 'Ludgvan Cross' has now taken its place back outside for the summer.
Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex'
Last but not least is Anemone nemorosa 'Viridiflora'