Spring's Floral Fugue
(2014)




A succession of beautiful blossoms brightens this season at the barn

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First to arrive: the marsh marigolds...


...joined after a week or so by the periwinkle...


...and the spring beauties


The bees love the Pieris japonica blooms




The flowering of the fragrant viburnum is one of my favorite signs of spring




The fern are back, as is the climbing hydrangea adorning the field stone




I finally put the new Pieris japonicas in the spot where an ancient azalea had died




The lovely leucothoe do well in the dappled sunlight under the azelias




The lily of the valley bloomed a little later than usual this year




Pennsylvania is very fortunate to have mountain laurel as its state flower




The delicate, pendulous blooms make Solomon's seal a prized perennial




The wild phlox (white and mauve) pop up each spring in the most surprising places





Can you spot the lady bugs?






And as May comes to a close, the rhodies and bearded iris create a beautiful finale






Midway through June, the patio's two prickly plants burst into bloom.
The miniature roses will last till fall; the cactus flower will fade in a week.
The ants know enough to seize their opportunity as spring gives way to summer.


Old walls have their charm


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