grading break!

This morning before coming to the office to grade final exams, I walked around the yard taking pictures. First, some narcissus photos; they are still stealing the show in the garden, with the early ones faded but new ones just starting to open.

pretty white and lemon, with a yellow edge on the cup

pretty white and lemon, with a yellow edge on the cup

a late split-cup two-toned yellow daffodil

a late split-cup two-toned yellow daffodil

late blooming very small narcissus

late blooming very small narcissus

a cute tiny double

a cute tiny double

white thalia are blooming in the white garden now

white thalia are blooming in the white garden now

The tulips are also in full bloom now. Some are being stolen for lunch by squirrels, but there are enough so far left to show their amazing colors.

red and yellow

red and yellow

a crowd of red and yellow

a crowd of red and yellow

a nice patch of tulips just starting to open

a nice patch of tulips just starting to open

Other plants that are blooming include Fritillaria meleagris (snake’s head fritillary) and Leucojum (Summer Snowflake), Polemonium (Jacob’s Ladder), fern-leaf dicentra (Burning Hearts), various primroses, and Mertensia (Virginia Bluebells). And of course pulmonaria has been blooming for quite a while already.

pulmonaria, fritillary, and bluebells

pulmonaria, fritillary, and bluebells

dicentra burning hearts

dicentra burning hearts

summer snowflake with Jacob's ladder

summer snowflake with Jacob’s ladder

cloud of primroses

cloud of primroses

Elsewhere in the garden some perennials are just starting to emerge from winter slumber:

lily of the valley

lily of the valley

hostas spearing up out of the ground

hostas spearing up out of the ground

cimicifuga unfurling

cimicifuga unfurling

a young peony not quite opened up

a young peony not quite opened up

As for the birdhouse–it took a pair of tree swallows less than 12 hours to claim it. They are now busy stuffing it with straw and other things to make a nest!

One thought on “grading break!

  1. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Spring is the best! Dicentra=bleeding not burning, although it may be different in your world……: )

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