Lots in bloom in the yard right now, even though the weather has been disappointing. (Cool temps, rain, etc.).
Purple and pink are the dominant colors, beginning with the wash of Creeping Phlox around the backyard pond.
These are wonderful as they seem to increase in number every year.
I love their starry centers.
Another plant currently thriving is the Bleeding Heart that flanks our front path. Its exuberant growth provides nice cover for the birds that visit the feeders.
The pansies survived the spring snowstorms and remain in bloom. (Brave little things). I’m hoping that once we get some consistent warmth, they’ll really come into their own.
And the Flowering Almond is…
…flowering. I’m already looking at it critically, though, wondering if I planted it in a spot where it isn’t going to have enough room. (Isn’t that the way of it? You’re either wishing something would grow bigger, or bemoaning something else that is overgrown).
The lilacs (which are still relatively young) put out their first strong blooms this year.
I’m especially excited about this one as its flowers are a different color from what you typically see.
…are weeds. They grow in perfect circles in our side yard, and I haven’t had the heart to mow them. They look like something the fairies might have planted. Besides that, the bees (the ones who are hardy enough to be out in the cold) love them.
Another attractive weed is the Common Violet.
These grow in our lawn in abundance – both in purple and white. I avoid mowing them, too, because they’re so pretty.
Not that I could mow – even if I wanted to. It’s been too wet. But you get the picture.
From the living room, with the fireplace still in use,