Gradually the garden is coming into its own. The beds show less mulch and more green plant material. Near a group of Iris blooms Phlox divaricata (Eastern Blue Phlox), a North Carolina native plant.
The Jackmanii Clematis is very close to opening its first flower of the year. The vine looks healthy and strong, but needs a taller trellis to help it make its upward climb.
A large stand of yellow Bearded Iris began blooming this past week. These were pass-alongs from a neighbor about thirty-five years ago. This group is nearly always the first of the bearded irises to flower.