Never in my five years of gardening have I experienced such an explosion of growth and blooming as we're having this spring. A month ago, I said that I thought we would have an early spring, due to indicators in my garden. The birds were giving signs, too. And besides, we were DUE.
While we have a month yet before we pass the date of our average last frost - May 15th - I think the warm weather has lasted long enough now to safely say spring came early this year. That doesn't mean we won't have a frost or two yet, but it wouldn't surprise me if we didn't either.
It's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, and I literally can't keep up with everything that's blooming or has bloomed up to this point. How did we go from squealing with delight over seeing the first crocus blooming to deadheading daffodils and hyacinths so quickly? A part of spring is already over.
The wildflowers are blooming all over Our Little Acre. Certainly on Wildflower Way, but also in the shade garden below the serviceberry on the north side of the pool house. Today, I'm featuring those wildflowers that I love so much. Tomorrow, I'll show the rest of my blooms.
I've had Trout Lilies for several years, but only the white variety.
This year, a yellow one appeared! There are no others around for more than half a mile, so I'm not sure how this happened, but there it is. Another unusual thing is the foliage isn't mottled, and that is a characteristic of Trout Lilies, which is how they got that common name.
Another of my favorites among the spring wildflowers is Jack-in-the-Pulpit. I've only seen one in the wild in my life and that was in the woods behind the new Holiday Inn in Ft. Wayne (across from Memorial Coliseum). I was geocaching there and came across one.