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Friday, April 5, 2013

More of Spring Unfurling

After the warm sunny weather on Easter weekend, and the last couple of days' worth of soaking rain, my garden is really popping. This morning, the rain stopped briefly (there is actually a spot of blue sky right outside my window at the moment). What does an obsessed gardener do when the rain stops? Grab the camera and book it out the door, of course.

Oriental poppy gets ready to pop

Mottled Podophyllum disguises itself as soil

The green one has no such camouflage

Native sword fern stretches like a fist

Cobra-like Ostrich fern

Dainty Maidenhair fern has returned

The new growth on Mahonia x meadia 'Charity' reminds me of the movie Alien

I have a wide variety of Epimediums throughout the garden, and they have all started flowering. They are one of my favorite dry shade plants. They flower wonderfully in  the early spring, and when they're finished, the leaves combine well with others.

With Brunnera 'Jack Frost' on the left

Here the flowers hang above the foliage of Saxifraga cotyledon

I'm not at all diligent about cutting back the old foliage. It lasts such a long time, and when cut back leaves a bare spot in the winter garden

Here again with 'Jack Frost' Brunnera and the over-size leaves of oakleaf Hydrangea

This dry shade bed is one of my favorites. Only a little thought and planning went into it, and it looks fairly good despite that.

Yellow Corydalis has started flowering

Labrador violet too

I'm thinking I will spend the next stretch of dry days rescuing my Trillium from the encroachment of vanilla leaf and fringecup seedlings