Here are how things are looking now:
I've been working on cleaning this bed up. I recently removed the dead flowers on the Hydrangeas and they've leafed out quite a bit more. I've been on the look out for just the right grass for in front of the tree. I'm still deciding between a Carex or Acorus and if I want variegated or gold foliage.
While looking for any surprises here I found the first Crocus has begun to bloom. These are the first I've ever planted in my yard. I'm not sure what took me so long, but I have them coming up all over now and just love them. I think I'll add some white ones this fall.
And these are some very big surprises. There had been a large Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectablilis) years ago that I transplanted to the backyard because it was in a bad spot. These are just two of the most recent babies that have come up here.
These are two others that came from the original plant a couple of years ago. Is this unusual? I can't figure out if they came up from pieces of root left behind or how they got here. I'm going to transplant the two newest to my backyard when they get a little bigger.
And the Camellia japonica 'Kumasaka' is already blooming. It does have a light fragrance but not until the blooms are fully opened. Right now the scent of the Winter Daphne (Daphne odora) is so strong I wouldn't be able to smell it anyway.
By the end of April I'm hoping to have made a few changes here. I know there are a couple of perennials that will be moved out. The Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium) will probably be blooming as will some of the Heucheras and the Bleeding Hearts.