I’ve got a lot of spring flowers blooming, but where’s Spring?

We had snow this morning. April 12. SNOW. It’s enough to make a person crawl back into bed, pull the covers over her head and stay there until Mother Nature decides to call an end to winter.

I was outside yesterday with Jemma doing some more spring clean up chores. This one—the most hateful of all springtime chores—involved pulling up all the thousands of tree seedlings that sprout each spring. I don’t spray them because they grow inside my groundcover and underneath my shrubs. It’s tedious, time-consuming work to pull them up by hand. I curse, weep a little, and then resign myself to the task. If it’s a beautiful warm day, like yesterday was, it’s not such an unpleasant effort, especially with Jemma enjoying the weather with me.

Jemma sitting among the Turkish Speedwell (Veronica liwanensis)

I took a bit of time to walk around the garden and take pictures of the perennials that are blooming in my garden right now. I'm not going to show you the pics of my tulips. Their little heads were bitten off a day ago by our resident deer.

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) and Creeping Phlox (Phlox sublata)

Rockfoil (Saxifraga)

Mediterranean Pink Heather (Erica x darleyensis)


Viburnum (Viburnum Burkwoodii) Its absolutely delightful aroma wafts through my backyard garden!

Heartleaf Brunnera (Brunnera Macrophylla) I'm encouraging this to be a drought tolerant shade plant!

Creeping Myrtle (Vinca Minor) and a Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

I'm as anxious as most gardeners are around the country who are experiencing a longer and chillier spring than usual. A reminder that global warming is real and present. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing a bit of the color in my garden. What flowers are growing in your garden now?