The canopy is filling in, becoming greener each day. I treasure this fleeting time of spring, when the days are warm and skies blue. The leaves are fresh green and new flowers open each day. I'm spending as much time as possible outside, soaking up that too-short time between the last frost and the first mosquito. Here's some photos from the past week in my garden.
|Entering the back garden|
|The pink azalea was spectacular this year.|
|Deer browse the azaleas in winter, creating a snow-capped effect|
|Columbine (variety unknown), one of several obtained |
as 50-cent seedlings at the farmer's market last year
|Phlox divaricata "Blue Moon"|
|Chrysogonum virginianum var. australe (Green and Gold) is my favorite groundcover,|
spreading happily in poor soils and part shade.
|Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern wild columbine)|
|Another of the surprise columbines from the farmer's market.|
|Iris tectorum (Japanese roof iris) spreads nicely in part shade.|
I divided and transplanted them two weeks ago
and they bloomed without missing a beat.
|Tiarella cordifolia. One of my favorite Eastern woodland natives.|
|Iris cristata grows happily on slope shaded by oaks and hickories.|
|Ajuga reptans (bugleweed) and wild strawberry seeded itself under this hosta.|