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Tulip Time - Triumph Tulip 'Boston'

The Freshness of Spring

DSC_0116There is new growth everywhere in the garden in the spring. DSC_0120
Fresh, clean and taut new growth.  The dog tooth violets are now blooming next to the somewhat fading flowers of the hellebores.  Here is where the difference shows.  DSC_0103
In age, the flowers of the hellebore, which were once very dark maroon, are fading to a muted mauve and looking a bit blowsy like Aunt Shirley in her Easter dress. The dog tooth violets just look perky and youthful.  DSC_0113
The epimediums are flowering with abandon this spring.  They deserve a bit more attention as a perennial.  They look good with flowers and without.  The new growth of leaves borne on wiry stems dances with every breeze. The dark tinge of bronze on the leaf edge just adds to this little workhorse's charm.  Dry shade?  Epimedium doesn't care it just carries on like the fearless honey badgerDSC_0121
The brunnera is sending up its unforgettably blue flowers.  They are small but they are intense.  DSC_0117
Prunus x 'Hally Jolivette' is blooming. It blooms for quite a long time as the flower buds open in stages. It has fine texture and work quite nicely as a backdrop for the coarsness of the staghorn sumac. Can you see the stag, or should I say stags? DSC_0084
While the Practically Perfect Pink Rhododendron has faded, the PJM is in full bloom.  This purple is difficult to place in a foundation planting as the color is painful when paired with brick, red or the bright yellow of forsythia (my opinion), but against the backdrop of the pine forest I find it quite beautiful. The end of the day comes quickly when the garden needs the attentions of the gardener for the seemingly endless chores of spring cleaning, edging, weeding, mulching  and, hopefully, just enjoying. I wonder how many blooms I have missed seeing today.