Spring in the Flower Garden

Spring in the Flower Garden

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ seems to be early this year. Its tiny forget me not blooms will fill a vase at our Easter brunch table this weekend. This is one of my all time favourite shade plants. Once the flowers finish, the leaves grow to about six inches across with amazing variegation. I bought Brunnera  ‘Alexander’s Great’ last week but I am still figuring out where to plant it. Right now it doesn’t look much different than its cousins so we will watch it as it grows this summer.

Spring in the Flower Garden

Camellia  x williamsii ‘Donation’ is full of pink flowers this month. I was worried with our drought last year that it may have some bud drop.  Luckily that hasn’t happened. I guess my fall watering paid off. Its certainly a show stopper in the garden. It can grow to five meters high and this one is now up to three meters.

Spring in the Flower Garden

The Rosemary is doing well since we had such a mild winter. Its tiny blue flowers have been open for over a month now. I love being able to clip a few stems of this fragrant herb for meals.

Spring in the Flower Garden

The first magenta flowers of Aubretia have opened. I have this planted under the long rose arbor and it loves the gravelly soil there. Its considered a rock garden plant and loves good drainage.
Spring in the Flower Garden

Narcissus are still blooming but will be finished in about a week. If you look closely I had a visitor on the corona of the daffodil in front but I am not sure what it is. Hopefully it’s not a mosquito already.

Spring in the Flower Garden

I still haven’t tackled the leaves on the front garden. I think one part of my brain is reminding me that mother nature doesn’t clean up her leaves.  As you can see the leaves are not stopping the plants from growing.

Spring in the Flower Garden

Primula ‘Exhibition Red’ is in full bloom this week. I like this one for the way its blooms are carried on six-inch stems well above the foliage. Noticing again that the leaves are not being eaten. Are the slugs hiding below the leaves oblivious to the plants above? Upon further research I think this plant was named wrong. The leaves are not matching photos I have seen online. It has the correct red and yellow markings on the blooms but the leaves should be waxy.

Spring in the Flower Garden

I had forgotten about planting Anemones last fall. The lighter blues of Anemone mingle well with the dark blues of Violas.

Spring in the Flower Garden

I took this shot last Friday and since then the Tulips have opened their white blooms. Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ is still going strong along the front walkway.

Spring in the Flower Garden

Magnolia stellata is amazing now. If you drive around you will see all types of Magnolia in bloom. Spring is here and its time for me to get out and do some garden walks once again.

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