I am so tickled that today is the first day of spring I just got up and did a happy dance all the way from my desk to the fax machine and back! How shall I celebrate the arrival of spring tonight? Hmmm… any suggestions?
Okay, on with the blog. Yesterday, I was walking around the garden doing little things here and there that needed to be done in preparation of my lawn mowing this afternoon. I looked around and noticed so much was going on, I needed to go get my camera (which is about to depart to camera heaven BTW) and take some photos.
All the redbuds are blooming right now and up until yesterday I had never noticed the subtle difference in the bloom colors. The Texas redbud is always the first one to bloom. It’s quite prolific in its show and the flower is two shades of purple, the base of the bloom being much darker than the petals.
‘Forest Pansy’ is the last to bloom in our garden, but I wanted to place these photos side by side so you could more easily see the difference between it and the Texas Redbud. The flowers of this redbud have a slightly darker base that its sister the Texas Redbud and the petals are a lighter shade of purple, almost lilac colored.
The second redbud to bloom in our garden is the good old fashioned Eastern Redbud. Its blooms are a beautiful shade of pink with purple highlights. The base of the bloom is a darker shade of pink. All three are beauties to behold and hopefully we will be making room for a fourth tree soon. Annie at the Transplantable Rose has gotten me all keyed up to find a Texas Whitebud now and I won’t rest until I find one! (And make a place for it.)
The Japanese magnolia is still holding on to some blooms, even though it’s begun to push out foliage.
These yellow irises have been blooming since the first of January and will continue to bloom through this month. I don’t know what the cultivar of this iris is or where I got it from, but it is a work horse when it comes to blooms. Sometimes it even starts to bloom in December!
The Spirea is starting its show of lace like flowers. It’s going to get a haircut after the blooms stop in an effort to produce more dense growth.
Last but not least of my discoveries yesterday afternoon was this fine new robin’s nest just waiting for eggs to be laid. I had seen the robin making trip after trip to the site, so I figured I would find a nest here. I’ll get pictures of the eggs and the babies as everything unfolds, that is, unless the stray calico or Possum, the Siamese next door don’t find them first.
Everyone enjoy the first day of spring! Tell me what you plant to do in celebration!