Spring once again

My head is suffering from all the pollen in the air, and the brief showers we’ve gotten don’t seem to be removing any of the offending particles, but the neighborhood is pretty to look at. I took some photos in the yard this morning, and now I’m sharing them with you.

double daffodil

First up (of course), a lovely double daffodil in the front bed.

pink hyacinths

For my mom, hyacinths. (I also have white and purple ones blooming.)


The scillas are trying to escape the planting bed; at least a dozen of them are scattered around the lawn.

bleeding heart flower

The dicentras (bleeding hearts) are just starting to bloom at the back of the bed.

white hellebore

The lightest hellebore in the bed.

pink hellebore

The mid-tone hellebore.

maroon hellebore

The darkest of my hellebores.

backlit hellebore

Close-up of a maroon hellebore flower with light coming through from the back.

grape hyacinths and peony

The peonies are just starting to grow, making a nice color contrast with the grape hyacinths.

rhododendron and daffodils

And, as with last winter, the deer grazed the rhododendron back to bare branches, seen here surrounded by daffodils.

How’s your yard looking this April?

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  1. The three years I spent gardening in deer country taught me exactly what deer won’t eat…rocks. Everything else they’ll sample, even if they spit it out. It’s still dead. :/

    • They leave our holly bushes alone. πŸ™‚ And I don’t think they eat the spruce. But yeah, they’re voracious, aren’t they?

  2. Kathleen Hammond

    Thank you! The white hyacinths are the most fragrant. Loved the ‘slideshow’ this morning.

    • Glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

      I can never remember which ones are the most fragrant, just that they do perfume the yard nicely.

      Sadly, most of our tulips stopped coming up — I think the squirrels probably ran off with them. I may plant new ones this fall.

  3. what beautiful flowers! I especially love the hyacinth πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I love the rediscovery of spring, seeing the succession of blooms and remembering anew what got planted where. πŸ˜€

  4. Wonderful pics … so, that’s what hellebore looks like!

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