Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Scenes

The long-suffering azaleas are blooming like crazy now. I'm having a hard time capturing the color, but if you're a wine drinker, it's similar to the color of beaujolais. I haven't seen this color much, so it's a nice surprise (after FOUR YEARS of waiting to see the bloom color!).

Looks like we'll have a bumper crop of strawberries this year, if I can keep the slugs away. I need to put out beer traps stat!

This naked lady (belladonna lily) foliage is crazy huge! I planted the bulbs last year and got nothing - no foliage, no blooms. I was sure the squirrels got them. 1 for me!
These asters probably need to be divided about now.

Black and blue sage has come back with an almost disturbing vigor, all over the place! Oh well, there are worse things to spread.

There are still a few new daffodils opening.

Hostas bought last spring at the annual master gardener's sale appeared to die from the heat last year, but have really healthy new growth now.

New fatsia foliage. I love this plant - it's so weird.

I've mentioned the "two story camellia" before, and here it is in bloom:

99% of the blooms are pink, but there's always one or two white ones. For perspective on the size of this thing, Scott is 6'4":

For those of you who have been eagerly waiting (ha ha) for our entries into my family's annual Easter Egg Contest, here you go....

Scott's Harry Potter, and my Hedwig (Harry's owl).


Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I think I remember you showing your eggs last year, these are too cute!
Your garden is looking very Springy! That Camellia is huge! I see some like that in Seattle in the yards of some really old houses, none that big in the 'burbs.

Randy Emmitt said...

Those asters are going to be lovely, one of my favorite plants, but I suck at growing them. The camellia bush is really something too.

Our azaleas only the two we bought at Walmart look to be going to bloom, the expensive ones from the good nursery not so good.

Darla said...

Very nice around your gardens...your eggs are so cute!

Dirt Princess said...

Love the eggs! You have lots blooming. I you wouldn't think we would be that far ahead of you, but on the flip side...Darla is always ahead of me.

Shady Gardener said...

You're having a wonderful Spring! Thanks for sharing. (Your eggs are too cute.) :-)

Meredith said...

Wow! Blown away by Hedwig, so creative, down to the detail of the address on her envelope!

And that camellia definitely deserves its nickname. Impressive. :)

Becca's Dirt said...

What an awesome camellia. Beautiful blooms too. Have a good weekend.

Janet said...

Looks like spring is hitting your area nicely. I absolutely love your Camellia bush. What a treat to have such a biggie.
Cute eggs.