Winter has been busy but I couldn’t let another week go by without featuring some of the plants in the yard this past week.
The first azalea (Rhododendron spp.) is in bloom, though not peaking yet. It’s a beautiful hot pink color!
Daffodils (Narcissus spp.) are classic spring harbingers in nearly every state I’ve resided.
Though most of the current flowers are in the top 1/3 canopy, lower hanging blossoms are beginning to open on the tall hedge of Loropetalum chinese.
The first couple of yellow blossoms of Gelsemium sempervirens have opened on my patio.
My Daphne odora opened flowers a couple of weeks ago. I love to smell its fragrant blossoms.
Okay, yes, I know…NOT a blossom. But I could not resist this little toad. Toads have little burrows/holes all over my yard and garden. I love to find them. This particular little dude was hanging out under one of my flower pots. I consider it great luck and a good indicator of environmental health to have many frogs and toads.
Finally, for this post, a photograph of one of my spring bulbs: a hyacinth. I don’t have any idea which variety, but I was happy to find two of these in a flower bed in my backyard last year.
For many of you I know that spring cannot come soon enough. And although we are fortunate to have mild winters down here, I too, am looking forward to a warmer spring.
Last night and tonight I’ll sleep with the windows open and enjoy a serenade from the nightly frog chorus across the highway.
Yours in Gardening!
The Garden Maiden
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