It's hard not to notice the color beginning to jump out of the garden right now. A few weeks ago I was glad I had lots of interesting foliage to look at. As much as I appreciate the leaves it's the flowers I really love to see.
Spiraea 'Magic Carpet'
Syringa x prestoniae 'Miss Canada' is just beginning to bloom. This type doesn't have the same yummy fragrance that Syringa vulgaris does. It does have a scent, just different. I'll show a picture of it when it's fully blooming. The flowers form a "looser" shape than the Syringa vulgaris too. The bumblebees seem to still like it, they were all over the open blooms.
My youngest sister and her husband landscaped their backyard last summer. She asked if my other sister and I wanted the iris. Of course we said "Yes!!" Who doesn't want pretty, free plants? These iris are a really pretty, light lavender. Thanks Maureen!!
This Daylily was here when we bought the house. I've dug it up and spread it all through the front yard. I've shared it with my sister too, the one that also took the free iris. I don't know the variety, but it is a lemony-yellow. This one doesn't rebloom, so we enjoy them while they last.
Ornamental strawberry (fragaria ananassa) 'Lipstick' grows near our driveway. A tough and pretty groundcover that will put up with foot traffic. It does occasionally produce edible berries.
I think this guy got a little mixed up. He and his lady friend were hanging around yesterday morning but couldn't find the thistle feeder. I moved it to a tree where it may be more visible. I'm glad to see the American Goldfinches back. The last couple of years they haven't been around much.
The sun is already out and we're supposed to get a high of 76 today!