Since the end of March there has been a steady stream of daffodils blooming.
From the standard yellow trumpet daffodils to ruffled doubles to . . .
. . . daffodils with contrasting cups to . . .
. . . miniature daffodils.
I've forgotten the names of most, except for 'Mount Hood,'
a white beauty that has been a vigorous multiplier.
After the rabbits and/or deer ate many of my tulips after a bad winter a few years ago, I have been planting many more daffodils than tulips. Most of my purchases have been collections of bulbs for naturalizing, another reason I don't know the names of most of these.
But I like the variety and the longer bloom time from these collections.
These slender narcissi in the shade garden are one of my favorites. As you can see, there is so much more blooming right now than daffodils--hellebores are still going strong, tulips are at their peak, tiny pushkinia dot the front of the garden here and there, as well as a few early perennials.
The only disappointment this year has been the flowering crabapples. I wait all year for that one special week in the spring when our long lane is a bower of blooms, as you can see in my header photo from last year. But most of the crabapples didn't bloom as much as usual; perhaps one of the cold nights we had two weeks ago nipped the buds. It has happened before, so I am hoping that next year all the blooms will return. The white flowering crab was filled with blooms, however, though the wind and rain this past weekend finished them off. And it has been a great year for redbuds.
I was worried about the lilacs last Bloom Day, as they were budding up just as a freeze hit us, but I needn't have worried. The old lilac was in full bloom for Easter Sunday.
Other perennials blooming right now include the Pulmonarias and the Epimedeum above.
'Jack Frost' Brunnera, still one of my favorites.
The old-fashioned Bleeding Heart is blooming as is my newest bleeding heart added last year, Dicentra 'Gold Heart.' The foliage on this plant is stunning!
And finally, one of the best parts of spring to me--it is Tulip Time!
Because tulips can be short-lived, every spring is a surprise since I never know what will return. A few of my favorites that I was happy to see come up again include 'Ad Rem' above.
My "namesake" 'Rosalie' also returned.
As did the longer-lived species tulips, 'Lady Jane.' These are multiplying as well.
The neon-bright orange tulips that I don't remember ever planting returned
for what must be their eighth or ninth year!
And my very favorite tulip of all, 'Akebono,' is still as gorgeous as ever.
Then there are a few new varieties of tulips planted last fall including this 'Silverstream.' It looks like a twin to 'Akebono,' doesn't it? In fact, if I hadn't marked where I planted these last year, I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference.
Also new this year is a tulip I've admired on Jason's blog for several years--'Coleur Cardinal.' They are a little shorter than most of my tulips, so I'm glad I planted them in the front where they can be seen.
'Rembrandt' is also new this year.
Every year I plant more tulips in my roadside garden, hoping for an eye-catching display for passersby, and every year the voles (or some critter) dashes my hopes. This year was no exception, though a few bulbs escaped being devoured. These are 'Upstar,' an experiment I tried this year for the first time. I purchased a bag of these that were intended to be planted, bag and all. I was pretty skeptical, but the results were better than I expected.
Only a few of the new 'Lightning Sun' survived in this area, which is a shame, because these are a vibrant orange Darwin tulip.
As I type this, we are having another unusually warm day with temperatures nearing 80 today. The tulips have been blooming at warp speed the last few days and won't last long in these temperatures. It's time to get outside and enjoy them while I can!
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day every month and for being patient with latecomers like me:)