This is the longest, most drawn out Spring I can remember, and it’s wonderful! The past few years Spring seems to have happened quickly, giving way to rain and then Summer in no time flat.
This year Spring seems to be enjoying itself and taking its sweet old time, which is fine by me. Daffodils are done, magnolias dropped their flowers weeks ago, but I still have tulips in the yard and our glorious crab apple tree just finished blooming. Here they are along with everything else that’s blooming (or about to) in our garden right now:
the tail end of our Crab Apple blooms
Pulmonaria (Lungwort) - white foliage
I love the foliage on this Pulmonaria. The flowers start out blue then turn purple, then pink.
Spanish Bluebells. I have several patches...this one is among some purple sage (barely seen in this close shot) and they look great together!
I absolutely love my Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia). I have two patches and both are thriving. Both kept their beautiful foliage all year, even over winter (granted it was incredibly mild.) This is one plant and it has grown a lot in the past month.
Here is a close up of the flowers and the foliage. While recently in Pennsylvania for a visit home, I noticed my friend Bev's Virginia Bluebells had very different foliage from mine...hers was smoother and shinier, while mine is veined, thicker, and fuzzy - almost like Stachys leaves.
a beautiful Iris...I'm not sure of the variety. I am "babysitting" this plant and a few others for a friend who lost her garden space last year. It's a very, very welcome addition. I'm hoping my own irises will bloom as beautifully.
I can't help but love the violets that are popping up all over the yard.
the last of the in-ground tulips. My potted tulips haven't bloomed yet!
Spring Green tulip - I love the ruffled layers of this one.
Some critters in the petals of this tulip...friends or foes?
This allium is gearing up to bloom soon! I planted three alliums last fall and this one is the farthest along. I can't wait to see it open!