Most mornings I wake up, put on my coffee and once Emily and Don are off for the day, I post to my blog. This Sunday morning the garden was calling my name so sweetly. I had no time to sit here and post, I had to run out there with camera in hand. Here's a few photos of what was waiting for me, try to imagine that all the while I was taking these photos the air was full of bird songs.
The opening shot shows the first of my Pulmonaria to burst into bloom. This is Pulmonaria 'Azurea' and it is by far the best Pulmonaria in my garden (I probably have a dozen varieties). This baby grows by leaps and bounds. Last year I divided a chunk out for the plant sale and it never missed a beat. Look carefully, it has invisible spots!
Not a bloom but wonderful leaf buds are bursting open on the Schizophragma hydrangeoides climbing up our tree ladder.
Look where I found a new Corydalis seedling growing. I can't wait for this baby to bloom.
The Hamamelis 'Arnold Promise' is just about finished. It's delicious scent still perfumes the area but the petals have been falling to the ground. As the sun peeked through the clouds I wondered what was in bloom at the base of 'Arnold'. A close up inspection showed me the lovely yellow foliage of Spirea japonica 'White Gold' just beginning to put on a show. I'll have a close up shot on Tuesday.
Contrary to what I say in every lecture, I do have tulips growing here and they do return every year! I don't know the name of these beauties. I bought them when Emily was in elementary school as part of a fund raiser. I still remember the day she and I planted them.
I attribute their long life to the fact that they are surrounded by Hellebore foetidous foliage and the rabbits and voles steer clear of that area.
As a closing shot, I had to share the sweet little blooms on the Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's britches) and check out those awesome pink spikes of Polygonatum odorum 'Variegatum (Soloman's seal) peeking up out of the ground.
This is only half of what was blooming today but I've decided to restrain myself and save the rest for Tuesday when May Dreams Garden hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
Guess where I'm headed now!