The delights of spring are so energizing!
Look at these cute little sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) I planted from seed finally showing recognizable leaves. The cultivar is called 'Black Knight' so I'm really curious to see (and smell!) the blooms.
Working to improve the east side of my garden, I moved this euonymus fortunei 'Winter Creeper' from here where it was crammed between other things to here where it can be a nice backdrop for other plants.
Cut back the buddleja. Last year I had success with pinching it early on to keep it bushy so I'll do that again.
Here are three new things I've planted: Lamb's ear (Stachys byzantia) 'Helen Von Stein,' Stokesia laevia 'Purple Parasols' and Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lanterns'
Works in progress: placing a new path like the one on the other side. (Brandon and I disagree on where it should go).
And a rather drastic pruning on this larger of our two Taxus shrubs to open it up and eventually make it's shape more interesting. Right now the inside is quite bare and strange looking so I'll have to keep shaping it.
I tried to make a little criss-cross fence from the branches to distract from the trash cans and such, but it's too sparse to provide much coverage. Back to the drawing board.
Wow! Look at this fabulous Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis).
Last year I bought this at the farmers market in a pot already up. I felt a little silly about it, not having planned ahead and ordered the bulb less expensively. It's been a favorite of mine since falling in love with a botanical illustration so I couldn't help myself when I saw it.
Last fall's planting was a distant memory so it surprised me when it sprouted. We've been enjoying watching it grow the last few weeks.
A church near our house put these cactus in a glass sided box that might've held a nativity scene. They're not looking too happy about it.
The one mismatched tulip in this bunch, planted inside a fenced memorial triangle which I pass daily, has made me smile two springs in a row. The double flowered cherry tree below is in the same compartment.
Wonderful Ginkgo biloba trees are all around our 'hood.
In it's limited space, this little yellow magnolia looks quite pretty.
It's hard to get good photos of birds with an ordinary camera. Here's a lady Cardinal in our urban setting along with telephone wires and weedy Ailanthus tree.