Monday, April 7, 2014

Slow Spring

This spring is taking it's time coming to our area this year. The severe winter has over stayed it's leave. In a way this makes me appreciate all the greening up and savor each bloom for a longer period of time.
From the small daffodils (above) to the larger varieties (below) to the hellebores all abloom. 
My favorite hellebore, that I have, is the Freckled one. It is so sweet. 
I often wondered why people called them Christmas roses. Below I caught a bud and a just opening bloom that certainly looks like a rose. 
The moss in protected places are beginning to spore and produce seed. 
Wildflowers are popping up everywhere. Bloodroot is about to bloom. 
I planted some pink hyacinths last year. They have a few blooms. This little beauty needs to be planted in mass to appreciate the pale pink it offers the garden this time of year. My photo has washed out the color it is prettier as in more color in real life. 
Now the old fashioned pink hyacinths have enough color to hold their own in the garden. 
This is about the only shot of blue in the garden at this time of year. I have other blues planted but they haven't shown up yet.
The pussywillow is in full flower. My first honey bee of the season was sighted April 1st this year. Now all we need is a little more warm weather. I am not hurrying spring along. I love this time of  year to savor all denizens of the garden.
It is great fun to get out this time of year between showers to see the next up in bloom. What all is blooming in your garden now?

22 comments:

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa,

My hyacinths did not flower this year which is really strange.
My mothers garden is full of them, all in bloom.

The hellebore is very pretty and yes the opening bud does look like a rose. Mine have been blooming for weeks, which has been wonderful

What else is flowering....primrose, lungwort, bleeding heart, windflower, pansy, berberis......quite a lot really.

Lee May said...

Congratulations, Lisa, on coaxing your garden into spring at last – including the moss, which looks quite happy. Cheers!

Phillip Oliver said...

I do like those old fashioned hyacinths. I didn't realize there was a difference. They don't have that fake look that the modern ones have. It is warming up again this week - maybe it will there too.

tina said...

Watch your garden closely! By the time I looked at my bloodroot it was gone by. Spring will spring soon! Beautiful daffodils!

Rose said...

Hooray! Spring has finally arrived in your area, which means it won't be long till I have some blooms, too. I do have crocuses, and the hellebores are about to bloom, but I'm just as excited to see the stalks of daffodils and tulips coming up, even if they will be awhile. Love that freckled hellebore!

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

So love when the dafodiils come up. You know spring is really here. My white ones you sent me bloomed and I think I got pix if them . They were so pretty. It seemed to never quit raining to get pix. Now I await the naked ladies. Con pulled out the stakes so now I forget where I planted them. Arrgh. When do they come up?

Julie said...

Beautiful blooms, Lisa! None of these will grow here so always a pleasure to see all of the beauty you have there!!!!!

Pam/Digging said...

Those early flowers are a sweet reward for the long winter. Just lovely.

Diana said...

You have a lot of lovely things popping up in your garden. Love the hellebores. I always heard them called Lenten roses, for when they bloom. I love the dotted one - any idea of the name. I added two more to my garden this year - they’re so small and shy, but i think they’re adorable.

Annie in Austin said...

All the flowers are lovely, Lisa - especially the bloodroot and hellebores. But the one that got me was the moss - not happy here. Did you happen to see that story about Moss Gardens in the NYTimes Home & Garden section? Your photo made me remember how pretty moss can be.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

cyndy said...

Your spring garden looks lovely!
...well worth waiting for...it has been a long and cold winter!

Nice to see a shot of your bloodroot, mine is up and blooming on those days when the sun shines bright!

Terri Talarek King said...

Hi Lisa!
Thanks for sharing your colorful garden! i miss pussy willows and wish I had some growing here.
My Crabapple trees are in full bloom now, which is so beautiful, and it looks like my little lilac shrub (the one on the outside of the fence that the dogs did not tear up) is about to bloom very soon!

Skeeter said...

Spring should be well on its way to your gardens by now. Happy Gardening...

Jason said...

Our spring has also been slow. The hellebores are still blooming in May, and the forsythia have yet to bloom. Though the Narcissi are just past their pink. Odd, isn't it?

Naturegirl said...

It surely is a slow Spring for us all! Here I am just seeing the tops of most plants poke through the earth. It really is an exciting time exploring and finding new growth...one can feel the energy!
Happy Spring!

Quiet Paths said...

I would be cautious too! After this winter... you have so many lovely blooms. I love them!

Debbie Nolan said...

Lisa - your flowers are so beautiful. I am just now catching up on your posts. My flowers are fading fast but like you the spring was slow until everything started blooming and then wow it went fast. Have a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing.

Naturegirl said...

Lisa
What a beautiful Spring reception your garden gives you! Here in my garden it is slim pickings with flowers. Very cold and damp here.The birds certainly fill my garden with color!Hopefully the weekend will bring me more flowers in bloom!
Happy gardening!

Marguerite said...

Hi Lisa! looks like you're having the same spring we are. The chill just will not go away. so frustrating. On the plus side, the spring blooms will likely stick around a little longer in the cool weather. So enjoy those daffodils and hyacinths!

Dee Nash said...

Hey Lisa, is your garden starting to perk up and grow now? Have you gotten any rain? We sure have. Was thinking of you today and popped on over. Have a great week.~~Dee

My World Tuesday said...

Slow spring comes and goes and goes again here, too! Your garden is lovely.

Andrea said...

Wow your garden is now alive and very colorful, lovely. I have been looking for blogs with hoya plants and blooms, but the collectors don't seem to join in blogposts memes.