Monday, April 26, 2010

Glorious Appearance

It's finally the time of year when there are reasons to take the camera into the garden.

Seemingly overnight the ground reawakened and the colors of spring appeared.

I walk around checking on the progress of old favorites and new acquisitions. I have a number of peonies that I planted over the last few years that haven't produced flowers yet. I am anxiously checking them for the appearance of buds.

My shade garden is finally looking more filled in. I always remember the saying that applies to new plantings of perennials- the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they leap!

There aren't many flowers that are truly blue in color. Pulmonaria is not only blue but pink and purple on the same plant too.

I love the fragrance of hyacinths but haven't been very successful in growing them. I have a number that are quite spindly. This one is in Grandma's Garden, an area where I planted the contents of the bulb planters we were given at Grandma's funeral a few years ago. I can't bring myself to clip these and bring them inside though I would enjoy their fragrance in the house.

It's hard to pick a favorite spring flower but I've been nurturing this helebores for about three years now and it finally has more than two or three flowers. It is known as a Lenten Rose because it blooms so early, even the end of winter, around the holy season of Lent and the flowers last a long time.

I've come to know the cycles in my garden and the oh-too-quick succession of flowers. Lilacs are next! Always in time for Mother's Day here.

What's blooming in your garden?


  1. Wow... it's amazing to me that my peonies are ahead of yours this year (covered in buds and ants, now) and my lilacs will probably be done by Mother's Day at this rate.

    The helebores that I got from you has surprised me by still being alive this year, but still... no flowers. But why should it? It was happy where it was and now it has to try to scrape out a living in Michigan clay. Poor thing...

  2. Spring here was on track back in March and then it started snowing...not "again" since it had barely snowed all winter. Apple blossoms aren't even really blooming yet. Weird.
    The helebores you have are the green ones, right? They are pretty hearty.


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