Recently I have only been able to catch brief glimpses of my garden, usually as I get in the car to head to work in the morning, or by the glow of porch light when I return home. This past Tuesday I had to cede defeat to the spring cold I fought all weekend and call in sick - too sick to garden, but not too sick to photograph the garden. It was good to see my garden in more than a passing glance, and good to see that it seemed to be thriving and full of blooms, despite the neglectful gardener.
Most of my Camellias are ready for a well-deserved rest and to build up some reserves for next year. However, Camellia japonica 'Cherries Jubilee' is now coming into full bloom.
Just when I think Narcissus season is about over, here pop up two varieties that never fail to surprise me. Forgive me for never bothering to record which cultivars they are.
Another bulb I don't know the full name of is this Leucojum. It came from the house where three generations my wife's family lived. It was sold to the local Lutheran church who told her they were going to house assistant pastors in it, but promptly knocked it down within days of closing. I am personally renaming the bulb Leucojum 'Maury Avenue'.
The Viola x 'Radiance Red' are partying like it's 1999, and considering what will happen to them in another month or so, I don't blame them for going out big.
Local gardeners and especially local landscapers have fallen in love Loropetalum, and it would be hard to miss all the color they add to local gardens, including my own. This one is Loropetalum chinensis var. rubrum 'Pizazz'.
I also have a couple of Viburnums blooming. The first picture is of a Chinese Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum macrocephalum) growing in a pot by the back gate, and the second is Viburnum lantana 'Variegata' growing a pot by the front steps.
There are many other things blooming in the garden, but we are going to end this post with a few of the yellows.
Stachyurus praecox ''Mitsuzaki'
Brassica oleracea 'Redbor' (Redbor Kale)
Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine)
If you would like to catch a glimpse of other people's gardens, then please visit Carol of May Dreams Garden as she is the hostess of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - a world-wide phenomenon held on the 15th of each month.