Wednesday, April 10, 2013

High Spring

I think of the magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' as the king of high spring in our yard...the big event...the Easter bunny...or something.  I always look forward to it blooming.

Sunday morning was cloudy and cool and it started blooming in earnest.  As the day (and the week) warmed up, it really hit its stride.

Chinodoxa showing their beautiful faces in the leaf litter.

Viburnum farreri 'nanum', a dwarf, fragrant viburnum, is finally getting settled in after 4 or 5 years.

For once the squirrels let the double daffs bloom.  They usually eat the buds a few days before they bloom.  

My favorite dark hellebore,

Draba polytricha grows in a hot, dry trough.


  1. You ARE going to post a photo of the magnolia in full bloom ... aren't you? My 'RoseMarie' has not started to break the buds yet, so I am thinking at least another week. So much later than last year, but at least it's not likely to get killed by the cold.

    Your yard is starting to look mighty fine!

  2. I agree with you, magnolias are the most gorgeous spring flowers. A pity that they have no perfume.
    I love helleborus, particularly the dark ones with a yellow heart. yours are beautiful. Mine are not so tall. Do you cut the leaves at the base of the bush ? Mine has some large leaves almost burned with the frost. I am not sure if it is necessary to cut these leaves for the benefit of the plant.

    Have a nice rest of the week.

    1. Helene- I do cut the winter weary leaves off before the flower buds open. They look so much better that way when they bloom.