And in the South, that means the azaleas have opened a thousand buds.
|Rhododendron spp 'Coral Bells'|
Varieties in pinks and whites are my favorites, and dominate my garden.
|R. spp 'Snow'|
Native azaleas are looser in structure, with open flowers.
Petite Narcissus 'Thalia' are the final act for my daffodils.
Solomon's seal is beginning to carpet the shaded areas beneath the trees in front.
|Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum'|
Crouching on my knees to get a good view of their delicate blossoms beneath gracefully arching stems.
Japanese maples have opened deep wine-colored leaves, which will turn green in May.
|Acer palmatum behind azaleas|
Tucked in a corner is a bench where I've spent many a pleasant hour. Not many this spring, though -- it's still covered in pollen.
The view from the bench.
|Rhododendron spp 'George Taber'|
On Monday the dogwoods unfurled their showy, petal-like bracts which open flat, giving the appearance of a single, large, 4-petaled, white flower.
Their true flowers are the small yellow-green things in the center, compacted into tight clusters.
Part of gardening is serendipity -- like these tiny violets that appeared this year.
Thank you for taking a walk with me through the front garden.
French Country Cottage
How Sweet the Sound
Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home
Dishing It and Digging It
Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on the Porch
A Stroll thru Life
Celebrate Your Story
The Dedicated House
Let's Add Sprinkles
Savvy Southern Style
21 Rosemary Lane
The Garden Party: April
Spring Tea Party