The various clumps of dianthus growing along the fence seem to have generally survived the winter and are blooming again.
I love the way the globes of these alliums intersect and overlap, like adjacent spherical pyrotechnic bursts.
This azalea bush looked a little forlorn over the winter, but has made a wonderful return.
This week’s warm weather has encouraged the grapevines to open their first buds.
Daffodils in Bloom
The daffodils have been in bloom for two weeks and show no sign of stopping.
Everything’s Coming Up Crocus
One of the earliest blooms on our block.
The new holly has produced a lovely crop of berries to add some bright color to our winter.
Most of the flowers are gone from the garden, but the cockscombs (Celosia) are still vibrant.
Newest addition to the garden: a large Rudbeckia (“black eyed susan”). It’s slightly bedraggled after its trip here by truck, but I am optimistic that it’ll perk up over the coming days — and I think it still has enough time to make itself at home that it has a decent chance of surviving the cold this winter.
New Holly Tree
The latest addition to the garden is a lovely holly shrub donated by some neighbors, now repotted in a giant tub donated by another neighbor, with a hundred pounds of soil ordered online and delivered by cargo van.
(Not pictured: three more identical tubs, each with their own hundred pounds of soil, awaiting more flowers expected to arrive over the coming few days.)
The evergreen foliage and bright-red berries should provide some lovely color this winter.
The label describes it as a “Blue Princess” Holly (Ilex × meserveae) which could eventually grow to be 12 feet tall, although I suspect that the limited volume of soil will prevent it from reaching that size — I suppose that if it does well I’ll need to prune it back to keep it from getting much past six feet just to keep it manageable and avoid obstructing the light entering the building’s windows.)