Sunday, May 29, 2011

Proof of spring

I keep waiting for the warm sun they promised this weekend, but instead we have cold, clouds, and periodic rain. Just to prove that we do have spring blossoms (everything blooming two weeks later than last year), here are a few pictures.

I love this columbine, which has self-seeded around the back yard but is no longer found anywhere near where I originally planted it. While its face is wonderfully cheerful, I love the curved little spurs just as much. 

The azaleas are especially wonderful this year, having withstood children playing, roofers roofing, and tree trimmers trimming all about them.

The lilacs looked a lot like this, though I never got a chance to photograph them. Instead, this and my header are from last year's bouquet.

Meanwhile, the bleeding hearts bloomed enthusiastically behind the ferns, heuchera, and sweet woodruff, but they sustained a lot of damage from all the aforementioned activity this year, so here's a picture from two years ago. I love this part of the garden in spring.

15 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

My lilacs are behind yours, still waiting for them to go into full bloom. Any day now. I love azaleas, but have none. Perhaps I will need to add them. Beautiful.

Lo said...

I love your garden photos, especially the ferns and bleeding heart.......oh, and the lilacs.

Boom Boom Larew said...

Wow! You hit the best of the spring blossoms!

Jeanie said...

Those are some hardy azaleas and they are very pretty. A very colorful and bloomingly beautiful post.

Darlene said...

Spring may finally be here! Love your pictures. My lilacs are close to being done. :( They sure don't last very long.

MissBuckle said...

Gorgeous garden :-) It's pretty wet and cold here too, but they are promising some summery weather soon.

Grandmother said...

The lilacs are lovely and I love their fragrance. I haven't seen them here in Italy but the roses are giving quite a show now.

DJan said...

Our lilacs are still blooming, but some are all gone while others are just beginning. It seems the lighter colored ones come out and leave first while the dark purple ones are later. Lovely pictures!

hocam said...

Beautiful flowers. I love when the azeleas and rhodedendrons bloom. It's a pity their season is so short.

Far Side of Fifty said...

The lilacs are just starting up here..too cold to bloom. You have some beautiful plants! :)

WhisperingWriter said...

So pretty!

I wish it would get warm over here.

The Retired One said...

These are gorgeous!! your flowers are far ahead of us here up north!

Linda Medrano said...

We are still getting a ton of rain. Very strange year! Your flowers look amazing! Spring is always my favorite season. I love seeing everything in bloom!

Pearl said...

We ARE behind this year, aren't we?

That's probably because we'll get an extra-long fall, right?

Right?

Pearl

Leah Rubin said...

If only the deer would let some of these beautiful flowers grow here! I love them all, but the columbine is my favorite. I had gorgeous tulips, azaleas, and lilacs in my previous house, but there were no deer to contend with... Thanks for sharing your beauties with us!

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