Early Spring brings the colors of lavender, yellows, pinks, whites, bright oranges; and colors of sepia, burnt orange, fawn and caramel. It is the time when new replaces old, and both stand side to side. Spring arrived but it is still in a holding pattern with the colder weather returning. The birds and weeds say spring anyway, even if freezing off their little tails at night.
I plant a lot of bulbs to keep the color throughout the year, but most spring bloomers are still pushing through the soil. Only those with a little fortitude make a show.
I was out doing lite spring cleanup today in the bright sunshine, until the weather abruptly turned. We have been having rain finally to ease the drought that has set in already this year, and it is back with freezing temps on the way.
Indoors a few plants bloom, backed by rain running down the window. I love this white hydrangea and it is keeping company with one of my blooming Lady Slippers, Paphiopedilum hennisianum.
Rains have produced flooding conditions, but no complaints here. To see daily precipitation fall anywhere in the US and Canada, see this site. The crocus never disappoint with their happy faces when the sun peeks through. The Viola cornuta are like a tiny surprise where they show up.
The garden looks fine in its predominately conifer coat, but it takes awhile for changing the guard to color and bloom. When it does, the conifers are barely noticed.
Those blooming really get special attention because there are so few while spring is reluctant to let go of winter weather. The Helleborus are still blooming strong and will appear in the next post. The Lungwort has such small and delicate flowers, but the speckled leaves are why they are in my garden.
Is there as much of interest in the fallen as in the newly risen? Yes, I shot the crispy critters before I chopped them down.
Odd thing this year, there is not as much to catch my eye, that or I am just too familiar and casual to the beauty. Like making something out of nothing in a way.
Today the front garden got in shape and the bed was edged. The Concolor Fir is gone, now the planning begins on what to put in its place (post coming). This year, I will let the perennials fill in and see where that takes me. I miss the tree, but not more than the robins that raised a family there last year. Speaking of things gone and past…
My next post looks at Then and Now. Photos from 2011, 2012 and 2013 for early April. 2013 is behind both previous years in bloom, but drastically behind 2012.
When looking back to 2012, I found the year to have quite a few surprises.
It makes one wonder what 2013 has in store. The street was ablaze in the setting sun below, as the sun warmed the tiny buds of the Norway Maples. Never noticed that before!
Mere minutes pass, the sun sinks low and the trees go dark.
Today the early bees enjoy the spring flowers and warming sun, I have been seeing more and more each day. But back in your nest bees, the freeze is coming back this weekend.