It is a beautiful Easter weekend in Chapel Hill. We will wait to see how the hydrangeas do but otherwise the garden survived a couple nights of below freezing temperatures. Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’ is the second iris to appear this spring. It opened just before the cold snap but looked cheerful afterwards.
Soon gracefully nodding columbine flowers will be open everywhere in the garden, as well as in many places beyond where it decided to wander. This first one to open is homesteading in a south-facing position next to the drive.
This past week I have watched peonies rising with amazing speed. Peony ‘Coral Charm’ is always the most eager to bloom.
I counted a dozen buds.
Here are a few flowers and a video with birdsong from yesterday’s Instagram post.
My husband and I went retro yesterday and colored eggs for the first time in many years. If you are looking for a creative way to be in the present moment, I recommend dye. Watching its transformation brings on a true sense of awe and wonder. Wishing you all a wonderful Spring day on this Easter Sunday.
More hellebores are in flower. These, planted along the north side of the house in 2016, came from Pine Knot Farms (PKF) in southern Virginia. They have not bulked up much in all these years but I am happy to see them again.
Also in the northern side garden this camellia is looking fine today. Just a few days ago its buds barely revealed color so I was surprised it opened so suddenly. Last year it bloomed 10 days earlier.
The weather has been delightful all week, spirit-lifting really. On several days I managed to spend a few hours weeding and performing general clean-up. It is taking longer than expected but far from being a chore this year I am finding the tasks to be immensely satisfying.
I showed these cerinthe flowers recently but am compelled by their rich colors to share them again. I planted seeds last May in two locations. There is no sign of them in the back garden location, but this spot beside the house and next to the driveway is where they found happiness.
This little beauty is from 2016, purchased when a friend and I attended a hellebore festival at Pine Knot Farms (PKF) in southern Virginia. This is the first time it has flowered. It was not in bloom when I brought it home so I am not quite positive about the name. By process of elimination and studying the photos from that day, it seems to be Helleborus x hybridus ‘Apricot Blush’.
These 3 images are from yesterday afternoon.
These two photos are from this morning. The flower has opened a bit more.