It is seventy-one this afternoon and the clouds move in and out. Earlier, the sun was nice and warm and the several hours spent weeding this morning passed easily.
Suddenly the spiraea is covered in little white flowers, several weeks earlier than usual perhaps. This deciduous shrub is a long-time favorite.
Nearby a recently transplanted plant with two mottled, red leaves is reminiscent of a trout lily, but its identification is uncertain.
Three or four Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove) were visible all winter and are starting to grow.
Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy) never died back during the winter. The clumps could use division. Transplants from last year look healthy and strong.
Several new Phlox subulata added to the garden a few weeks ago have acclimated well. This one is ‘Purple Beauty.’
Helleborus orientalis (Lenten rose) continue to add color around several areas of the garden. I transplanted a few small seedlings to a shady spot near the back steps.
A row of ‘Chuck Hayes’ gardenias once formed a low hedge along the back border of the garden, but a couple years of drought killed off many. The five that remain look greener and healthier than usual this Spring.
The daffodils are already finishing up their cheerful displays. This one is ‘Flower Carpet.’