Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Snapshots

Redbuds are in full bloom around town. The redbud I planted six or seven years ago is finally flowering prolifically. 


Ice Follies daffodil in spring sunlight.


The camera fails to capture the subtle beauty of spring, but I still try.


A view of part of the woodland border at the back of the garden. This area used to be a weedy "lawn."


Narcissus 'Thalia' below. A favorite daffodil.


Ice follies daffodils and hellebores. I didn't plan it this way, but they peak at the same time. 


Bloodroot emerges and blooms quickly. Pay attention, or you miss the flowering.


Sometimes flowers kiss. 


The emerging foliage of Japanese roof iris catches the fading sunlight near the moss-covered boulder. 


Below is one of the many hellebores that grew from seed. It has some pure white flowers amid the more typical pinkish white blooms.




11 comments :

PlantPostings said...

Aren't the Redbud blooms wonderful?! Ours is almost breaking bud--usually it blooms in May! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your garden--the design is so natural and tidy at the same time. I posted a wrap-up of the "Lessons Learned" meme last night. Thanks so much for sharing your lessons, Sheila.

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Your woodland garden is so lovely! Did you plant your bloodroot or is it there naturally?

Sheila Read said...

Beth, yes the redbuds are probably my second favorite native small tree. The leaves are already starting to emerge. Sometimes I want spring to slow down, just a bit. The redbuds are about two weeks ahead of schedule this year.

Karin, thanks! I planted the bloodroot in two places and it is thriving.

Ginny said...

I don't think I have room for another tree, but I would so love a redbud. You are right that it's hard to capture the beauty of Spring with the camera, but you've done a good job - your photos are lovely.

Bridget said...

Love that woodland bit, really nice, and that white Daffidol is lovely. Had'nt seen that before.

HolleyGarden said...

Beautiful. The subtle beauty of spring. So nicely worded. You are right, there is such subtle beauty in these first blooms, and it's hard to capture all the magic that they hold.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Sheila your spring is beautiful and I think the camera is doing a fine job f capturing with your practiced hand!! Can't wait to see my bloodroot

Sheila Read said...

Ginny, if you ever want a redbud, let me know. I have lots of redbud seedlings coming up that I haven't had the heart to pull out.

Bridget, I looked in my gardening notebook and found that the white daffodils are the "Thalia" variety. They are stunning - fairly long-lasting, to.

HolleyGarden, spring beauty is subtle in some ways, dramatic in others. I'm going out of town this weekend, and know that the garden will look totally different when I return.

Donna, one of my bloodroots is still blooming, and I'm going to go look at it right now. I love the pure white of the flowers....

Jess said...

I agree about how the camera isn't the best at spring! I think its the lighting that is so magical, and maybe doesn't translate. I tell you what though, the boulder and bulbs look beautiful all the same!

sweetbay said...

You certainly captured a beautiful shot of your woodland garden! Thalia is a favorite here too; I planted it for the first time last fall and I absolutely love it.

Sheila Read said...

Jess, I think you're right about the lighting being magic, and what the camera is worst as translating...

Sweetbay, yes, I want more Thalias. I hope I remember to plant more come fall. Thanks for visiting!