Crocuses must be the most reliable bulbs I have. They bloom every year with no care, and the squirrels don't bother them. I have terrible luck with daffodils, which should be the easiest thing on earth to grow here. Thank goodness for crocuses or I'd probably have given up on bulbs.
Grape hyacinths are pretty reliable as well. I love their scent! I don't mind the foliage either. It drives my mom crazy to get so much foliage for such small blooms. Ha.
A new daffodil. None of my old ones came up. Last year they were just foliage, and this year they are gone!
Another cheery crocus glowing in the sun.
This camellia has been blooming since OCTOBER. Seriously. People keep asking me what kind it is and I have no idea. It's obviously very old and predates my home ownership! (Stay tuned for the spring-blooming camellia - it is literally twice the size of this one - and I know that's hard to believe!)
That's all for blooms, but check this out. Last weekend I was bird-watching out the window and a huge HAWK flew through the yard! Keep in mind I live in a very suburban area. We don't see birds of prey in our neighborhood often! I ran outside with my camera (in my Snoopy PJs) and chased it down the block. I know my neighbors thought I was nuts standing in the street in front of their houses pointing my camera at the sky!