The skies are a dreary gray, and it’s in the 50’s. So what happened to our nice spring weather?
Still, I know it must be springtime, because all those wonderful spring flowers are blooming. I saw some bluebells earlier this month.
I’ve never seen any in our woods here, but I planted some in one of our shady flowerbeds. They’re properly called Mertensia virginica, or Virginia Bluebells.
Not far from them, the Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum commutatum) started blooming a couple of weeks later.
They’re still going strong, although the Bluebells have pretty much died off.
However, the Lenten Rose (Helleborus Royal Heritage Strain) is still blooming like crazy.
It blooms for a long time!
And I know it must be spring, because the dogwood trees in the woods are blooming, and the little ones in our front yard have a few blooms, too.
We have a white one and this red one, a Cherokee Chief variety.
In the front flower beds, there are azaleas budding out, clematis starting to grow, plus “wild” geraniums, iris and beebalm. There’s also a little white flower formally known as Anemone pulsatilla, but also known as Pasque Flower, Wind Flower, Meadow Anemone, Passe Flower and Easter Flower.
I can understand why it’s called Easter Flower since in bloomed at just the right time for Easter.
The Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) is also full of blooms, with one of the many hostas growing up through it.
Of course, this is a just a smattering of the flowers blooming around here. It’s one thing I’ve had a hard time getting used to living here in the south – all the flowers just seem to bloom at once instead of a succession of blooms.
Okay, they don’t really ALL bloom at the same time, but to have iris and azalea and dogwoods and Lenten roses all blooming at the same time just seems a little strange to me. There was more of a sequence where I grew up.
At any rate, the flowers are blooming, so even if it’s cold and dreary outside, it must really still be spring!