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I can’t believe that I am writing this post in March, but like everyone around the country we are experiencing summer like weather about a month or so earlier than normal.  Here is a look around our yard to see what has started blooming so far.

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood - Cornus mas

Most of the early flowering trees and shrubs have very small flowers so it isn’t easy to see how much this tree is blooming.  Here is a close up of the flowers.

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood - Cornus mas

Honey Bee on Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

A farmer near our house keeps honey bees and they love all our flowering shrubs.

Fragrant Viburnum - Viburnum farreri - Nanum

I wish the internet had smell-o-vision so I could share the amazing fragrance these viburnum give off.  I am not a big fan of fragrance, but this stuff is heavenly.  A soft sweet scent similar to lilacs but not quite as strong.

Fragrant Viburnum - Viburnum farreri - Nanum

Next stop around the yard is a spiraea.

Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon'

This shrub is one of the first to leaf out and bloom and one of the last to drop its leaves in the fall.  The delicate white flowers are almost too small to see in the above picture.

Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon'

Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon'

Continuing around the yard we come to the Japanese andromeda.

Japanese andromeda - Pieris japonica

The bell-shaped flowers on this shrub are similar to those of the blueberry bush and are formed into these lovely cascading groups of flowers all over the shrub.

Japanese andromeda - Pieris japonica

The other early blooming flowers in our yard are a variety of bulbs.

Glory of the Snow - Chionodoxa luciliae

We have three colors of these bulbs in white, pink and blue.

Glory of the Snow - Chionodoxa luciliae - blue

Glory of the Snow - Chionodoxa luciliae - pink

We have many daffodil varieties around the yard and all of them have popped out of the ground but only one has started blooming.

First daffodil bloom of the Spring!

The perennials have been growing steadily as well, but no flowers as of yet. Look at all the green showing up in the garden.

A corner of the perennial garden

These day lilies are over 6 inches high already!

Last but not least Charlie has started his canna lily bulbs.

Pots with canna lilies

Half of the bulbs were dug out of the ground last year and over wintered in the basement and the other half are newly purchased bulbs.  Some of these grow over 6 feet tall!

I hope you enjoyed my tour of what is blooming in our garden.  There will be lots more to report on all season.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that we don’t get a really hard frost to kill some of the perennials that have started to sprout.

In case you were wondering, Charlie insists that I show the botanical name where it is known.  Most of these he has memorized and often refers to them by that name and I have no idea what he is talking about!  So if any of these plants spark your interest you will know exactly what to look for next time you are at the greenhouse.

 

 

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