Now that Spring is officially here, the daffodils, crocuses, hellebores, and more have opened their flowers in celebration!
The first daffodils to open this week were the miniature narcissus. They stand about six inches tall.
There are several clumps that had opened by today, including some taller varietes like this one. In this shot you can also see Columbine leaves starting to emerge.
Last week, I photographed one lonely crocus that had emerged. I found several more around the yard, in two different varieties. This one has more uniformly colored, rounded petals.
But I really like this other variety, with its variegated leaves, darker tipped, pointed petals.
I think over the years, critters have eaten some of the bulbs as there really are just sort of random single crocuses for the most part, around the garden. I think it would be neat to plant more of these, and maybe snowdrops in some lonely areas.
The pink Camellia is just bursting with beautiful blooms right now.
It is a fairly early blooming Sasanqua variety.
This week the Stinking Hellebore started blooming. It’s quite a bit different from the Lenten Rose variety.
The flowers are these light green, leafy orbs. I’m glad I caught it this year.
But I prefer the beautiful colors of the ‘Lenten Rose’ Hellebore.
The blooms in my yard are pretty standard though- typically white, pink, purple, or some combination of the three.
Some are spotted, others are solid.
Last year I did a whole post just on Hellebores
I’ll probably collect seeds again for anyone who wants any.
The other variety of Mahonia started blooming this week too! I talked about the first blooming Mahonia back in early January.
Some of the trees, as well as bushes, are starting to swell with buds.
Here you can see the Flowering Quince are about to pop!
I also took a closer look at the Hydrangea bushes. Some of the buds look like what I photographed here- brown and possibly frozen.
But others are definitely showing signs of life! I should definitely have some flowers this year!
There are also some buds on the Harry Lauders Walking Stick- just above where the catkins form at the branch. The catkins have really puffed up since the last time I took a photo, seen below.
And finally, this little guy. I found him while clearing out one of the beds. He appears a little nervous in this photo, looking at me, but I love the shadow of his eyes on the leaf.