A springtime stroll...

Had to bring these in to save them from the snow...

Had to bring these in to save them from the snow...

I thought I’d share a few pictures from the garden last week to take my mind off the recent invasion of Jack Frost.  I feel like spring is taunting me...

Daffodils – love them.  They arrive early, deer don’t eat them and they are relentlessly cheerful.  This is an early variety planted so many years ago, I don’t remember the variety.  It flowers first every year though.

An interesting fact – daffodils “turn their faces to the sun”. The trumpet will face the direction of most sun exposure. Keep that in mind when you plant them so you don’t end up always looking at the back of the flowers.

 

This is a double Hellebore that I planted 2 falls ago. It’s called “Berry Swirl”. It’s pretty and has good foliage but, like most hellebores, the flowers tend to hang down.

It might be worthwhile to look for some of the newer cultivars that have been hybridized to hold their flowers up.

 

Here are some Iris reticulata – I think the variety is “Harmony”. It’s a sweet blue flower that pops up early. It’s planted as a bulb in the fall.  After it blooms it sends up quite long, grass-like leaves that need to stay in place till they turn brown if you want to be sure of flowers next year. The foliage can be a bit of a pain, but does not last too long. I try to plant them behind another perennial that will block the leaves from view.

 
Hmmm... there appears to be a crocus, daffodil and perennial geranium all in the same spot..

Hmmm... there appears to be a crocus, daffodil and perennial geranium all in the same spot..

And of course more of the crocus are coming up. I love this one called “Cream Beauty”, it’s so sweet.

 

This big purple crocus is called “Flower Record”. I think it’s the biggest crocus I have.

 

This random splattering of yellow crocus actually has a purpose.

I plant crocus over the top of my lily bulbs.  It gives me more planting space, but more importantly they also come up early and prevent me from accidently digging up my lilies in my usual spring frenzy to cram even more plants in my garden beds.

It’s truly a bummer to slice a lily bulb in half when you think you are digging in an “empty space”.