Two of my spring favorites have just started to bloom, I think they liked all of the sun that we had earlier in the week. Today the rain is back so I'm glad I took these pictures yesterday.
The first ones are my Bleeding hearts (dicentra spectabilis). Many years ago, when I still rented an apartment, I remember seeing pictures of these in a magazine. I begged my Mom to plant one in her garden so I could see what those heart flowers looked like up close. She did, and under her green thumb it was the biggest bleeding heart I think I've ever seen. Now I have several of them, both pink and white. The white are a bit behind though and not quite in bloom yet. I love how they start out from the ground and just get bigger and bigger.
One of my other spring favorites are the Spanish Bluebells (hyacinthoides hispanicus). These will naturalize fairly easily and I have them in several places in the yard. I think I've mentioned before that my older daughter used to like to dig these up and spread them around while they were blooming. Now when I see them blooming or coming up in an unusual place I think about her. The ones that ended up in the sunnier spots are definitely farther ahead.
And here is the first spring bouquet of the season! I like using old canning jars or small baby food jars as vases. Since I'm no floral designer they just go along with the simple bouquets I put together. Happy Earth Day!