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The garden is shaping up and starting to bloom. Blooming now is the ephemeral Mertensia virginica or Virginia bluebell which is such a changeling. The flower buds are a beautiful pink which turn to clear blue as the flower opens and ages. I think that is why it is so gratifying. I posted a picture of a cultivated variety of acquilegia in a prior post and while these big flowering cultivars are very satisfying the little Acquilegia canadensis is so delicate it should be included in the spring garden. It tolerates many conditions from roadside to garden and it re-seeds freely. Phlox divaricata is another spring flowering perennial which holds its flowers on 10"-12" stems. This clump has been in the garden for five years or so and it spreads slowly. The crabapple is blooming. This one is red in bud and pink in flower with the leaves having a burgundy tone to them. The name escapes me at the moment but I have the tag around here somewhere. Also, here are the espaliered apple trees which I put in several years ago. I lost two out of five to mice girdling the trunk and given my sporadic and untimely pruning, I have yet to get apples but since there are flowers this year I am hopeful which seems to be a classic trait which we gardeners have in common.