As we would expect, the first blooms on the scene are snowdrops and winter aconite and crocuses. I failed to get photos of the snowdrops, but I did take a few of the others:And of course the narcissus are pushing up everywhere. I even have one group against a sunny rock wall that are close to opening. I picked a few to bring inside to bloom. The temperatures were oddly hot yesterday and then today a cold front came through and dropped us back to usual April weather. The cats were happy to wander around the garden with us this morning:
The garden is unkempt and scraggly because I have not yet done the raking up, but green shoots are poking up anyway.
These are the patch of wild orange daylilies that have been growing under the apple tree as long as anyone can remember. They don’t bloom because there’s not much sunlight. I plan to dig these up and replace them with hostas. Tulips and delphinium are also up:
I was glad to see this healthy-looking delphinium pushing up–this is a plant I grew from seed last Spring, and it made it through the winter in fine form. There are these spots of green, but mostly th4e gardens are still in winter drab.
There is one spot of bright red–the “nosegay” peony I got from Klehm’s Songsparrow nursery and planted last fall is sending up spears:
Here is the picture (from the internet) of this peony–this is a new color for our garden peonies, and one of our first singles.There aren’t too many weeds yet and I’m glad to see not much grass, either, but this next photo shows a nice collection of grass, and some of the fertilizer that the deer left on the garden over the winter! There’s also some of the lamium that spreads incredibly effectively in this bed–this is the northside sandy garden. I’ll have to get that grass out while the ground is soft!