I haven't done much in the garden except to stroll through. I am strictly a patio gardener, and not much of that! But I can tell you that this bloom is centranthus, or Jupiter's Beard because a friend identified it for me. But what's in a name, anyway? eh?
What is more important is that ol' Jupiter is a survivor. It persists and endures year after year like the loyal perennial that it is.
My pot of boxwood has looked like this all winter long. (Well, it's evergreen.) It is a fuller, looser variety than the typical box. Soft and droopy.
And our snowball bush is coming into bloom! These little babies form incredibly fast.
Most of the cherry blossoms froze, but we always get enough to interest the grackles.
The salvia greggii sage is in full bloom and loving its place in the sun. Hummers love it.
The first rose is always a celebration. Coming soon to a garden near you . . . .
A few lilac volunteers are springing up after our old bush withered, and we even got a few blooms this year!
This is the southern exposure of part of our house. I can't begin to tell you how hot it gets! But our laurel bushes manage to hold their own.
This is vinca minor, a smaller variety of periwinkle with smaller, narrower leaves.The web says vinca "can be tenacious plants, despite their elegant appearance." Love that.
The minor version covers the bed in partial shade.
Here are the leaves of the vinca major for comparison. (Larger, and described as heart-shaped.) Much leggier as well. It climbs as well as creeps.
But this is our most hardy perennial! The finches love it. Dandelion keeps its root over winter and blooms in spring. And keeps blooming. . . . . We dig some, but of course that is futile. They are described as "bold and brash and unrelenting, . . . the pollinator's best friend." Right now we are leaving them to the birds and the bees.
It got green so suddenly that I am startled each time I look out the window!
So happy for spring!
Happy Easter Weekend!