I am happy that you were not only on schedule this week but actually arrived early, unlike some years when snow or ice created delays for you. I've appreciated all these warm, sunny days that you've given us the past few weeks. But please, please, could we just slow down a little??
Less than a week I ago I was proudly showing off the crocuses and the first daffodils on my Bloom Day post, and now suddenly they've been joined by a whole row of the later ruffled doubles, 'Replete.'
Overnight, it seems, the garden has burst into bloom. I'd like these hyacinths to stay around for awhile so I can enjoy their delightful fragrance as well as their blooms.
I'm loving the blue, blue skies and the budding of the redbud trees. But please, can we just keep these purple blooms around for awhile?? They just appeared, yet already I'm seeing the first tiny heart-shaped leaves emerging. Yes, those leaves are pretty, but it's the purple shimmer of the redbud in early spring that I love most of all. Usually, redbuds are the first trees to bloom here, but this year they're competing for attention with all kinds of flowering trees, especially gorgeous magnolias in full bloom
I naively thought I would have the whole month of March and maybe part of April to get spring clean-up chores done in the garden. Yet I barely raked away the thick layer of leaves on the shade garden in time for Mr. 'Jack Frost' Brunnera to put out some blooms.
Unfortunately, I wasn't so lucky with the clematis 'Nelly Moser.' I usually prune her in early spring, but as you can see, she's already put out so much growth and even a few buds that pruning her now will have to be done very, very carefully. Hmmm, either Sophie is playing the Easter bunny with her tennis ball . . . or more likely, Mr. P. thought this would be a safe place to hide it while picking up the yard before mowing. And yes, Hubby has already had to mow the yard!
Different varieties of Muscari were planted last fall in order to achieve the vision of a pleasing range of hues. A few purple ones are already up, but apparently the others didn't get the early wake-up call.
Everything is moving at breakneck speed, and I'm having trouble keeping up with it all. I go out to the garden to work and get distracted by new blooms everywhere I look. Ipheion 'Wisley Blue'--starflowers--are low-growing, so it's easy to overlook them if you don't take time to look closely.
I feel like a kid in a toy store, flitting from one flower to another, trying to see everything at once and enjoy it all before it fades away. The very first tulips are blooming, to my surprise. Are these 'Fur Elise,' planted in the fall of 2010? Or did I plant a new variety of tulip here last fall?
If they are 'Fur Elise,' they look different than I remember them--actually, much prettier than last year's bloomers. I should go check my notes, but no time now . . .
. . . there are more tulips waiting in the wings. I'm afraid the record-setting temperatures we've been experiencing will mean the tulips will fade much more quickly than they should.
Even the flowering quince is blooming--and it never, ever blooms until May,
sometimes not till early June. It's all very strange indeed.
The first bumblebee sighting today on the quince was a delight, to be sure. I know that he is enjoying this warmth and will stay around for the rest of the season, but that is not true of the spring bloomers. Dear Spring, I'm trying very hard to live "in the moment" and enjoy each and every precious gift you give us. But it's hard to do that when it's all rushing past in such a hurry. Please, could you just slow down a little??