The Dorinicum or Leopards Bane is in full bloom. It’s the first daisy like flower to bloom in spring and the bees love it.
What excites me this week is seeing the buds of the Dogwood trees beginning to open. I have two Dogwood trees and this one blooms at the same time as the red Rhododendron below it making it look like a true Canadian garden.
I am all about growing food as well as flowers. The pear tree is loaded with blooms. Now we need the sun to bring the bees to pollinate the flowers. So rain, go away!
Each week new Rhododendrons open. I love this pink one with its large blooms.
This Rhodo is almost fluorescent. I had a closeup photo but it was almost blinding.
The front garden is our spring garden. The first of the Spanish bluebells or Hyacinthoides hispanica are now open. These lovely woodland plants number in the hundreds in our yard. The white is the first to open this year but will be followed by pinks and blues.
This shrub is blooming a little earlier than normal. This is Choisya ternata or Mexican Orange. This shrub is evergreen and grows to a height of six feet. The blossoms are sweetly scented making it a great choice for the garden.
Probably my favourite view is the one from my office window with the flowering cherry in full bloom over the white Rhododendron. Hubby would love to remove the cherry tree but I wont let him. Yes, its near our driveway so that means lots of cleanup.
Lining our driveways are Magnolias. This pink Magnolia is about thirty feet high and loaded with blooms.
On the other side is the smaller Magnolia stellata which is now about twenty feet high and fifteen feet wide. The Magnolias are really magnificent when in bloom.
One of the tinier Rhododendrons is this hot lavender colour. I like having the smaller leaved Rhododendrons as the smaller the leaf, the more sun the plant can handle.
The Lilacs are just about to open. I love fragrance in the garden.
Hmm, I have Ajuga and do I have Ajuga. Seriously I don’t mind it when it is controlled but we have a large patch that has invaded the lawn. Not a serious issue as it gets mowed regularly but adds a bronze tinge to the lawn, oh well. Certainly not as bad as lots of other weeds.
Tulips everywhere. I don’t know how they can even bloom year after year like they do here. This area is underwater right now and they don’t seem to care. It will dry out pretty quickly, but still, who likes wet feet?
Well that’s it for Fertilizer Friday. Don’t forget to hop on over to see what happening at Tootsie Time this week. Glenda’s adventures in her new garden are always fun to read.
Happy Gardening, Kristin