Today was the first day we've seen the sun in quite a while! We've had so much rain, sleet and ice that my yard is just wet and mushy. I was so excited to see and feel the sun that I went out in search of signs of spring. The signs were there, I just had to look closely to find them. Here's what I found.....
The daffodils in this area are always the first to bloom. They are almost ready to make their appearance!
The Clove Currant is starting to get buds. When these open they will be yellow and have the wonderful fragrance of cloves.
My spring blooming Camellia has had buds for quite a while. It is between two Azaleas and when they're all blooming it's just beautiful!
The Dianthus is starting to bloom. Since these are low I plant them along the paths.
This is my "Nikko Blue" Hydrangea. I'm always learning new things about gardening. In this case it was that this plant blooms on old wood. Now that I've learned this lesson I'm getting some really pretty blooms!
I have several Peonies in the garden. (It's practically a law that you must have Peonies in a cottage garden!) All of their 'eyes' are looking for spring!
New growth on one of my Carpet Roses.
Here you see some of my Violas, some new growth on one of the Veronicas and Poppy and Larkspur seedlings.
One of my favorite evergreen vines, Carolina Jessamine, has a flower peeking out from the leaves.
Flowers are starting to open on some of the Viburnums.
My Caryopteris has new growth. This bush has amazing blue flowers!
One of my many Oriental Lilies. Even they are excited about spring...poking their heads up waiting for the right time!
The picture above and the next three pictures show some of the Poppy and Larkspur seedlings coming up. I will have quite a job thinning these when they get a little bigger.
Look closely and I bet you'll see signs of spring in your garden.
Words and Photos Property of Christy's Cottage Wildlife Garden.