I saw the first Dragonfly of the year a couple of days ago and am still waiting to see some butterflies other than the Cabbage Whites. Hopefully the flowers that are blooming will draw in some more butterflies as well as hummingbirds. We've had a Spotted Towhee that seems to be spending most of the day in our backyard. I've started recognizing his call, although no one seems to be responding to him. I guess our yard is his bachelor pad. There had been a pair of them for quite awhile so either the female is sitting on the nest while he hangs out in the birdbath or something has happened to her.
Now, here are some of the flowers blooming outside today:
The Snowball bush (Viburnum opulus) has more flowers than ever this year. Since getting rid of our old shed that was on the back side of the fence we can enjoy this bush from both sides of the yard.
I started 'Yellow Spotlight' last year with wintersowing. These will get about 3 feet tall, I have others of this same type I started years ago and they are very tall, bloom for a long time and reseed very easily.
Lilac (Syringa x prestoniae) 'Miss Canada', these don't have much of a fragrance. It's supposed to be attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds.
Catmint (Nepeta) is attractive to our neighbors cats. Luckily they seem to prefer just one of the plants, and it grows back very easily.
Also blooming are Clematis 'Nelly Moser', Rhododendrons, Bearded Irises, Golden Mock Orange, Bleeding Hearts, Bunchberry, Red Valerian and a few others. Next month I hope more Clematises and roses will be blooming, I'm really getting anxious to see some roses!
On the 15th of each month Bloom Day is hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Visit her to see what she and other gardeners from around the world have blooming today.