|Early spring bulbs (crocus, chionodoxa, narcissus, scilla)|
Crocus vernus 'Yellow Mammoth' is blooming in my rose garden. The roses are a mess as I haven't given them their spring pruning yet, but it might be a bit early as they haven't shown signs of growth yet.
|Crocus vernus 'Yellow Mammoth'|
I've sprinkled the gorgeous dark blue Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty' throughout my beds. Hopefully they will eventually spread to make a thick carpet of blue in spring.
|Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty'|
A somewhat rare glory of the snow, chionodoxa gigantea alba, has begun opening in this shady corner. I'm enjoying the simple purity of its all-white flowers.
|Chionodoxa gigantea alba|
The more well-known Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant' is still going strong. It has begun to naturalize among the still-bare barberry stems. The pink does not really harmonize with the strong yellows, purples, and blues in my garden right now, but it's tucked somewhat inconspicuously into a corner so it doesn't bother me TOO much.
|Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant' with barberry|
As are the Puschkinia. These are wonderfully long flowering for a "little" bulb. Here they are next to the soft fuzzy new leaves of Geranium wlassovianum.
|Puschkinia libanotica alba|
The very early daffodil variety 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' is now at its peak. This is a very "ordinary" looking daffodil, but its extremely early bloom time makes it special.
|Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation'|
It is growing in my "orchard" under the fruit trees, behind the patio area.
|Blooming in backgroud: Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation'|
Teensy 'Tete-a-tete', another ultra early daffodil variety, has started popping too. It's a cutie!
|Miniature narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete'|
A few bulbs of 'Ice Follies' have also begun blooming. This patch of bulbs is blooming earlier than the others, because they're in a warm spot right by the house. The rest of my "early" daffodils are still waiting in the wings, but should start opening over the next week or so.
|Narcissus 'Ice Follies'|
This mystery hellebore, which may or may not be 'Sparkling Diamond', is also joining in the show.
|Helleborus orientalis, possibly 'Sparkling Diamond'|
Some perennials are finally starting to wake up as well. It's so exciting to go outside every day and hunt for new things - a new leaf here, a shoot pushing through the ground there. Hurray for spring!
|Emerging foliage of Geranium wlassovianum|