In this shady corner at the back of my house, the fothergilla has begun to bloom, surrounded by lamium and some hostas.
|Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy', Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost', unknown hosta|
|Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy', Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost', hosta, rhubarb|
|Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost'|
The large old lilac "shree" (=shrub/tree) is also going strong, filling the air with perfume. This is the best bloom I've seen on this old fellow yet. Perhaps he likes the compost and mulch I gave him, after many years of neglect.
|Lilac in bloom|
|Euphorbia polychroma (Cushion Spurge) and Peony 'Little Red Gem'|
|Fernleaf hybrid peony 'Little Red Gem'|
Another early peony is also blooming. This one is the Mediterranean species paeonia mascula. It has large-textured foliage and gorgeous deep pink flowers. (The picture was taken after a heavy rain, so the flower is unfortunately a bit battered. Naturally, a peony must open just before a storm!) This is the first spring in my garden for both these peonies, so I am pleased that they bloomed.
|Iris cristata (Crested Iris)|
|Blooming: bergenia cordifolia 'Winterglow', dicentra spectabilis|