In the Garden, Blooming Now

I shot these lovelies blooming in our yard yesterday. They are such a welcome sight after a long, grey winter. We had our first wonderful week of warm sunny weather two weeks ago, then back to rainy and cold days. Now we are having some sunny, warmish weather again. This, along with the blossoms, brings a special cheer to me and a feeling that spring is actually here.

pulsatilla vulgaris
pulsatilla vulgaris

Pulsillata vulgaris -- These small perennials are in a sunny spot in the front of a long border that goes down the length of our driveway. They have beautiful feathery seedheads after the flowers are finished. We have a red variety, also.

blue and white grape hyacynths
blue and white grape hyacynths

Blue and white grape hyacynths -- These spring bulbs are in the front of a small woodland area on the side front of the house. The umbrella-shaped plants in the background are may apples.

yellow trout lilies
yellow trout lilies
yellow trout lilies - mottled leaves
yellow trout lilies - mottled leaves

Yellow trout lilies -- These native woodland flowers are slowly spreading in our little woodland area by underground cormes. They are part of the lily family. You can see the beautiful mottled leaves in the second photo. The first photo is tilted some, as I was shooting the picture lying on the ground to try to capture the faces of the pendulous little blooms. Do you see the rocks behind the plants in the first photo? We have little rock borders all over the yard and never had to buy rocks. All we had to do was dig a little. The rocks were dug up as we dug borders and holes for plants.

epimediums
epimediums

Epimedium rubrum -- We also have another variety with little yellow flowers. This little woodland plant with beautiful heart-shaped leaves spreads by underground rizomes.

Canadian wild ginger
Canadian wild ginger

Asarum canadense (or Canadian wild ginger) -- Another woodland plant that spreads by underground rizomes and makes a nice ground cover. The curious little flowers are at ground level beneath the leaves. The furry ball-shaped thing to the left of the flower is a bud.

And a preview of more to come. Can you guess what these are?

flower shoots
flower shoots