You know it's been too long between posts when last month's Bloom Day pictures (which were never published anyway) look like this...
... and this month's Bloom Day pics look like they were taken in a whole new garden! Here's a green-flowered hellebore, underplanted with silver lamium:
And a burgundy-flowering hellebore, shown against the "Coffee" brown fence:
Two 'Ivory Prince' hellebores, which sweetly show their faces to the sun, in comparison to the graceful drooping you see on the hellebore flowers above:
A detail of an 'Ivory Prince' flower, wet with rain on Wednesday--I just can't stop gushing about how beautiful this hellebore is:
But it's not all hellebores. I have some smaller spring bulbs in bloom right now, too. The little frittilary that springs up through my 'Chubby Fingers' sedum and bergenia:
And here's the brightest of my species tulips:
... along with two views a softer species tulip, whose petals are streaked with a peachy gold:
You also know that it's been too long since you've posted when your Mom tells you that your father has resorted to reading some of your old blog posts... which of course makes me wonder whether I shared a little too much information in any of them. :)
No time to worry about that right now, though. It's 60 and sunny with bluebird skies, and as you can tell from the photos above I still have some grasses to cut down, leaves to rake out, and mulching to get done. I also need to run to the bike shop to get some oil in anticipation of the first bike ride of the year (tomorrow) and swing by the paint store for another 5gallon bucket of "Coffee" opaque stain. The neighbors have volunteered to spray/paint their side of the fence, so I'm a little excited about crossing that chore off of my list... I need to go buy them the stain before they change their minds!
I also should be getting back to blogging more regularly now, and look forward to catching up with all of my favorite garden blogs. Happy spring!