Springing around the yard

I already posted pics of my first flowers of the year, I know. Yesterday was such a lovely, sunny spring day, however, (as opposed to the current cool and overcast) that I had to take more pictures to share.

First up, a hellebore — pretty little thing, isn’t it? Well, not little like croci — it’s a couple of inches across the bloom.

Hellebore flower

Hellebore flower and buds; should be really pretty next week when the other buds open.

You might remember that we had a heavy storm at the end of October. Unlike many people, we didn’t wind up with trees split down the middle or huge branches littering our yard. We did have one split up in the tree, but as you can see from the picture below, that branch isn’t dead yet.
Maple in bloom

Maple tree is blooming now. Note the cracked branch, bent downward from the rest.

Also not dead, but not from a lack of trying on the part of the neighborhood deer, is my rhododendron. With a mild winter, they have to have had lots of things to choose from to eat. Why pick on my bush?
Chewed up rhododendron

Who's been eating my leaves? The neighborhood deer, of course!

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  1. Kathleen Hammond

    Papa Deer?

  2. Kathleen Hammond

    I thought they only came in rose color. my dear.

    • Hellebores? Really varied colors — I’m considering getting some with green and white flowers, too.

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