Now as I pull in and out of our driveway I see the front yard starting to look like it's old self. I can see the changes happening daily.
I love looking through the "red haze" of new growth on the Spiraea 'Magic Carpet'.
This is one plant that looks dead in the winter, but as the new reddish leaves appears it reminds me why I like it so much. Not too long until it's pink flowers appear.
A lilac bud is beginning to open. They are one of my most favorite flowers. Every year that 'Ludwig Spaeth' has become more established, it has shared more flowers. I don't usually cut them because I like to enjoy them on the bush, yet I want to bring them inside to be able to smell them in our home too. Maybe this year there will be enough for both.
The lilac (syringa x prestionae) 'Miss Canada' has buds beginning to open as well. It's supposed to bloom later than syringa vulgaris, but looks like they will be blooming around the same time.
I love the color of the new peony growth. This is from my peony that was planted many years ago, before I thought it mattered whether I remembered the variety or not. I will post pictures of it in bloom and see if anyone can help me identify it. Another one with a great scent!
Yeah, the verbena bonariensis has returned! It's on the borderline of hardiness here. The good part is that it reseeds, so I know I'll still have more plants anyway. I love how it looks growing up through other plants. It really looks pretty with my rose 'Iceberg'.
Our newly planted magnolia 'Vulcan' came with a few buds on it. I think a few buds were damaged by the last cold spell, but there are a few that have started to grow. I hope I get to see at least a of couple flowers on it this year!
Now if it doesn't rain I think the littlest gardener and I will head out to a nursery today to see if there is any spring temptation there!