Happy 'first day of spring'!!! Everywhere we go, we see signs of it...Redbuds in bloom, trees leafing out, and racks and racks of plants for sale everywhere. I'm waiting patiently for a week or two when I can see if I have room for any new purchases. Meanwhile, I'm happy to see the return of some old friends...
'White Queen' Caladium, first of many.
Salvia Farinacea's returning everywhere, it's 'Victoria' or 'Sally'.
'Mrs. G.G. Gerbing' by the back deck.
Saucer Magnolias, M. x soulangeana...I have no idea of the cultivar. While trying to identify them, I learned that there are over 100 named cultivars, so mine will be the light ones and the dark ones. Real scientific, huh?
Light pink bloomer...
Even prettier with a Gray Catbird visiting.
These begonias have been in this pot for years. I trimmed them up a few weeks ago and they're ready to bloom another year.
Holly Ferns are putting on their luscious new growth. They spread around easily in the shade gardens by way of spores.
Desert Roses are beginning to bloom, but still scantily clad with leaves.
Yesterday, while enjoying a drizzling rain on the front porch, we saw our first Hummingbird of the season. He headed straight for the Aloe, but the flowers have not quite opened yet. There are numerous plants on the market sold as hummer enticements, and I have some of them. I can only say that I've never seen a hummer on some of them, while Aloe has always been a magnet for hummers in my yard.
Some of the last Camellia blooms of the season, 'Dr. Tinsley'.
What could say spring better than a Carolina Wren building a nest? We watched these two work together all morning. I was delighted to see this one find a piece of hydrangea bloom for the nest, next year I'll leave more scattered about...
By the end of the day, a beautiful nest! We have enjoyed watching these two for several years. The first year they nested on the porch, they built on top of the post that's under the box. My husband added the box after the first brood flew.
One last thing to share, this morning the Wood Ducks were on the bird feeder. I took this photo through the window, but he's still magnificent.
I hope you're having the spring of your dreams!