Buds, Sprouts and Blooms
Celebrating Garden Bloggers Bloom Day by the hostess with the mostest – Carol at May Dreams Gardens .
Weather report: the temperature seems to fluctuate from highs in the upper 50’s (F) to highs in the low 40’s. Brrrr! Still, we continue to slowly move toward warmer weather. Friday and Saturday will be up to 70 degrees before rain moves in and the temperature drops back into the 50’s. Stuff is definitely sprouting.
Buds are everywhere!
Poppies – the peach variety. I also have the traditional red, but it’s much younger so the clump is smaller.
Bleeding Hearts – Alba. I just love the way these little sprouts look. Like a kind of celery.
My spicebush gives off a strong vanilla scent when it blooms. I can smell it yards away. I got this at the first Flower and Garden show I worked as a volunteer. While we were tearing down at the end, all flowers and shrubs were sold at rock-bottom prices. I got 2 lilacs, 4 spirea and this spicebush. It was called a Korean Spicebush, though I’ve never seen it called that anywhere else.
My forsythia bush was just about to bloom when I took this photo on Sunday. This evening it was in full bloom.
One of my lilac bushes. You can see the purple bud inside, like a little purple cauliflour.
Here is a mystery shrub growing here when I bought my house. They grow like weeds and keep popping up all over the yard. The flower looks a little like a pink honeysuckle, but it doesn’t give off any scent. The birds do like the red berries in the fall, especially the cardinals, which is the only reason I don’t dig it up.
Eeeek! Little fingers digging their way out of the earth! Actually a no-name hosta just peeking out to take a look.
And my lovely daffodils. There is nothing like the bright, cheery yellow of a daffodil to clean out the cobwebs after a long, gray winter.
A visitor checking out the first of my hyacinths.