As I was walking around I was reminded what it is about Spring that I love so much. It's not just about the flowers and the birds, it's about the color of all the new growth that's just coming up from the ground or the new leaves on the shrubs.
This time of year there is so much color just from the foliage. Aside from Anemone blanda, Muscari and Crocuses there aren't that many things blooming in the front border.
The new growth of the Peony 'Festiva Maxima' and Penstemon 'Mystica' have a beautiful maroon color. 'Mystica' is a Penstemon which is the improvement over 'Husker Red'. 'Husker Red' never did too well here, it would bloom one year then slowly die. 'Mystica' looks about the same but performs much better here.
I love the orangey-yellow of the new Coreopsis coming up at the front, Bloody Dock (Rumex sanguineus) is the green and red leafed plant to the right of it. The iris and foxglove are really starting to grow quickly. Of course Spirea 'Magic Carpet' just glows right now.
Lots of different greens here. The shiny looking shrub on the far right is Mexican Orange (Choisya ternata) and Abelia is to the left. Both will begin blooming soon.
Another Peony 'Sorbet' is coming up here, although not as maroon as the other one. I love the colors of the new leaves on the rose bushes.
Looking over a Spirea (whose name I don't know) I love looking at all the different shades and textures of green.
Before long this bed will be full of flowers and I'll be enjoying them, probably forgetting at that time how beautiful it looked before they were blooming. But for now, I want to remember what it is about Spring that I enjoy so much.