Spring begins officially next Monday, but it's actually been with us here in zone 9a for a while now, and throughout the garden, the blooms are multiplying.
|Another amaryllis has opened up this week.|
|On the patio table, the pot of pansies and violas still provides some color.|
|The coral honeysuckle has begun its bloom.|
|This oxalis is a pernicious weed that grows throughout my garden, including in my lawn (such as it is). But it is such a pretty weed that I can't really get too mad at it. Anyway, it goes away once the weather heats up.|
|Its cousin, the domesticated purple oxalis, grows in several beds around the garden as well. On purpose.|
|In the herb garden, comfrey is beginning to bloom.|
|I love the pretty little blooms of chives and they look good and taste good in salads, as well.|
|Near the herbs, the tomatoes are in bloom and some already have tiny fruits.|
|The little tazetta daffodils are still blooming, a bit the worse for wear for being buffeted by recent rainstorms.|
|Carolina jessamine is on its third - or is it fourth? - flush of blooms.|
|The 'Peggy Martin' rose that lives on the side of the garden shed is in full bloom.|
|One cluster of blooms from the old polyantha rose makes a perfect little nosegay.|
|Not to be outdone, 'Old Blush' is blooming, too.|
|Most of my Knockout roses came down with rose rosette disease and had to be destroyed. Some of my other roses were affected as well, but this pink Knockout is a survivor.|
|The yellow cestrum that looked dead in January is blooming now.|
|The Salvia gregii is beginning to bloom, too.|
|And the heucera 'Coral Bells' continues to bloom in its bed under the red oak tree.|
|In the backyard, the redbud is in full bloom and very soon now will be in full leaf.|
It's an exciting time in the garden here on the cusp of spring. Plants are still waking up from winter. Some that I thought I had lost to our January freeze are proving more resilient than I had believed. Every day brings new surprises!
I hope your garden has only good surprises for you. Thank you for taking the time to visit my garden and thank you to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting us.
Happy Bloom Day!