A warm spell made it possible to get out and do some clean up in the garden for the last two weekends. It is still too soon to plant any annuals as our last frost date is mid-April. I did call the garden center and reserve my usual flat of torenias, and I’ll pick them up in April. I got the brick planter cleaned out, and it looks a lot better. There are daylily bulbs on each end, and I cannot remember what is in the middle. Tulips or gladiolas are most likely, but I just don’t know. It will be fun to watch them and see what I planted. I cleaned out most of the front flower bed too, while DH worked on the hosta bed. Get ready for a picture heavy post.
The tulips are coming up, and two little purple hyacinths struggled to produce a couple of sweet blooms.
The redbud is coming into bloom, and is just lovely.
The sun brought out the lovely pink shades. There are bees all over them, and that is a good thing. These are the really large, gentle bees that don’t pay any attention to me.
The cherry blossoms started out with pinkish buds, then opened up to pure white.
On the mountainside out back, the violas cover the ground with purple flowers.
Here’s a closer look. There are hundreds of them!
The rhododendron is putting up some lovely buds, and I hope they bloom after the danger of freeze is over.
The cardinal pair stopped by the feeder recently too. Have you ever seen a male cardinal feed the female? It is so sweet.
After they left, the goldfinches came in full flock! There were at least a dozen, taking turns on the feeder. I managed to get four at once.
Inside are the most wonderful flowers of all, white roses. DH knows these are my favorite flower, delicate and sweet. He brought me a dozen of them just because he saw them and knew I’d love them.
He is definitely a keeper.
Close up of one, there is a blush of pink in the center. Just lovely and the whole kitchen has a sweet fragrance.
The white hyacinth peaked last week and has now faded.
And the amaryllis finally bloomed! Only two blooms on one flower spike this year, but I am still thrilled that it did bloom for the third year.
Gorgeous isn’t it!!
Velvety red flowers, huge blooms. I know that my MIL never thought she was giving me a gift that would continue blooming yearly for three years. It surprises me too! Can there possibly be a fourth year?
I’ll have to give it some flower food and see.
Back out front, the tulips came into bloom on Saturday, lovely!
These ajuga reptans, also called blue bugle flowers, are all over the grass next to the front sidewalk. It is a wild ground covering plant like the violas. I’d like to get rid of the dandelions, but if I do, it might kill these pretty flowers.
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Anything in bloom around your house?