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Walking around the yard in the early spring with my head down searching out all the emerging plant life is always amazing to me.  The snow drops, crocus, hyacinth, tulips just peek out to say,’it’s time, the season is changing‘.  Several weeks later come the first early perennial blooms, paying attention?‘, and I am amazed once again.  It was a terribly hard, cold, snowy winter here in Michigan so I am pleasantly surprised at all the tough plants that have pulled through.  There was a bit of damage to the 30+ year old boxwood that had to be trimmed up, my neighbors many year old holly that had to be removed, and perhaps my fun little false cypress (Chamaecyparis Pisiffera) that anchors one end of my front bed, still hoping for that one to recover, but miraculously I think that’s it.  Because the snow was so deep and the temps were so cold there was no freezing and thawing.  Yea deep snow.  Since that nice thick blanket of snow was keeping things cozy, when the temps finally rose, the plants had more chance of survival.  Here are a few pics of things I was able to capture this late spring morning after our thunderstorms through the night.

tradescantia (2)
This tradescantia, on the left, has such delicate petals but is strong enough to withstand the torrential rains we had and the hummingbird salvia among the forget-me-nots, on the right, is standing as sturdy as ever.

Salvia in forget-me-nots

Whether they are pink, purple, red, or white the complicated flowers of these columbine put on a beautiful display.  They and the salvia really attract the hummingbirds.

pink columbine (2)
The columbine love the cool, sunny days of spring and really show off after a good rain.

columbine in forget-me-nots (2)

purple columbine (3)

There is very little shade in my yard but the trillium, left, have found a home safely nestled beneath a barberry shrub.

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The allium, right, is just sparkling with the rain drops waiting for the warmth of the day, and the armeria, below, loves the bright, sunny morning.

Armeria (2)


Around back is some lively color.  The brilliant red tulips are done, the deep orange poppy’s are getting ready to pop but the soft reds and purples really catch the eye.

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The bleeding heart and purple centaurea, on the left, make a striking contrast and you can see the poppy buds getting ready.  The cardinal vine and hydrangea beneath the bird feeder live in wooden barrel to escape the black walnut tree roots in the yard next door.
cardinal vine and hydrangea

Well, that’s the tour for this day.  I wait with eager anticipation for the poppy’s to burst, the potent fragrance of the peony’s in the air, the soft red of the rugosa rose at the curb, the subtle scent of the lavender bells of the clematis covering the arbor, the containers on the patio to fill in and spill over – the caladmium is about to send up a flower! – … This is such a wonderful time of the year.

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