It is getting warmer now, and the garden seems to be coming to life again. All around the flowers are not as prolific this year due to a late freeze that did some damage to the buds. Still, the light pink azalea is producing blooms and the bumble bees are having a great time.
As was the case last year, the white shows the most damage in the discoloration of the blooms. But I still love the white flowers.
Covering the tulips helped, and the pink ones are in full flower.
Dawn on a quiet morning, sunlight makes an interesting pattern on the ground from the leafless trees. This time of day is so peaceful. Crisp mountain air, hot coffee, breathe. Soon the trees will leaf out, and the mountain views to the east will be obscured until fall.
The azaleas in the circle are sparse, but the ones that are blooming are pretty. Several others haven’t started yet, and the dogwood is still dormant.
A view down the drive from our home, more azaleas are coming out. It doesn’t seem like we will see the profusion of blooms all down the side of the meadow this year.
We have new visitors to the meadows and the back yard. This Eastern Towhee was scratching for food.
His mate was nearby. She seemed to be more interested in bits of twigs and grass, and I am hoping that means she is building her nest nearby.
It seemed like this female cardinal might also have a nest in mind. I hope so. Her mate was in the rhododendron but I couldn’t get a good picture of him.
We had a visit from a Northern Flicker as well.
Another dawn, and a foggy morning over the valley. Looking out over the hushed silence of the morning, there was time to appreciate the beauty of our world.
Goldfinches wearing their brighter color jostled for position on the feeder.
The hostas are coming up strong, and soon will completely cover the bare ground around the tree. My one little red tulip gallantly blooms all by itself.
The redbud is blooming, hosting a number of bees and butterflies. I am hoping that the new growth coming from the bottom will fill in the bare spots. DH has pruned it a bit severely to get the branches off the driveway.
Closer to the small blooms, the pink color is intense, and lots of buds have yet to open.
Another new visitor, I am not sure who this is. I don’t think it is Bert or Ernie as he acts differently. He puffs a lot and gobbles loudly, happy for a handout of whole grain bread. But he has been in a scuffle or two as his bedraggled tail attests. But, how would I know? He might just be acting differently because it is spring. In any case, he is fun to watch. And he seems to like the bread treat.
It is surely spring when the robins appear.
Small violas cover the mountainside behind the house, and sporadically in front.
The white and purple one I planted in the garden came back this year.
In the small clearing behind the garage, ajugas are blooming profusely, covering a large section. The pollinators like them too.
I’ve taken so many more pictures, but this is enough for now. I love sitting on the veranda and enjoying the quiet solitude of our place, the mountain views ever changing, nature ever evolving. We still have a week to go before the last frost date, but I think it is safe now to do some gardening. The forecast is for temps in the 70s all week, with lows in the 40s. Time to begin hardening off the seedings in the basement. Some are still alive, but some died for no good reason that I can tell. Oh well, will see what happens when I get them replanted.
What’s going on in your garden?