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.