I know spring is a couple of months away, but today sure felt like it! Blue sky, sun and mild temperatures made it the perfect day to get out and get a little clean up done.
The pond was like a mirror, and the fish were out and swimming. I saw new leaves coming from the water lilies.
The winter hazel 'Buttercup' is beginning to leaf out. It is in my woodland area, and blooms bright, fragrant, yellow blossoms late winter to early spring. It's hardy in USDA zones 6a-7b. I really like how it looks even bare.
The camellia japonica 'Marie Bracey' is filled with growing flower buds. It's another early spring bloomer. Medium pink colored, full flowers on this type. I almost gave up on this one, but it redeemed itself last year by putting out lots of flowers.
The bleeding hearts are showing signs of life. Here's one in my woodland area. This one gets the common pink and white heart shaped flowers. It comes back bigger and better every year. The foliage is very pretty and lasts most of the summer once the flowers are finished. I love how the flowers look in a spring bouquet, just draping over the side of a pitcher or vase.
I did a little work on the new flower bed I'm adding on the "side yard". I plan to grow sweet peas along the tall fence. The dried stick is actually a variegated hydrangea. Think I need to put some evergreen perennials mixed in with some annuals. I plan to make it a sort of cutting garden.
Before I know spring really will be here, can't wait!