Wednesday, April 15, 2015


 All of a sudden things are coming alive. The hostas (or deer snacks as we like to call them) are emerging inches a day now.

 If you look closely right in the middle you can see the first of the hydrangia buds. We had no blooms last year due to the cold winter so I'm anxious to see how they made it through this year's arctic temps.

 The dark pink camellia is full of buds and a few early blooms.

The light pink camellias have really put on a show. The bush itself is a little bent and spindly after the harsh winter but the flowers don't seem to care.

Last but not least, these mounds of yellow blooms are popping up everywhere. I'm not sure what they are but I look forward to seeing them return every year.


  1. There's nothing like the return of colors! It's about time!

  2. You are lucky to see flowers. None here where I am yet.

  3. Your yellow flowers appear to be a type of Celadine. Possibly Lesser Celadine.

  4. I was snickering when I read "deer snacks". I am a huge fan of Camellias. They remind me of my mother and my childhood -- the best parts of both. My mother used to use the camellia leaves from the tree in our front yard as a mold for chocolate leaves that she would put on her chocolate mousse and cake desserts. Ah Spring.

  5. We just put up chicken wire around our hostas; here it's the rabbits that think we grow them for their salads. That yellow flower grows here, too, and I don't know what it is either. Yellow flowers are so cheery, especially on gray days. Our camelias are about done; they sure are pretty, but I don't enjoy picking up the spent flowers much.

  6. You are way ahead of Chicago. Im loving seeing your buds. Pink blossoms are so sweet. I love pink