It’s easy to love the spring garden. From traditional garden standards,
…to self-seeding weeds, also known as wildflowers,
…the spring garden awakens the gardener’s heart and gladdens the soul.
Blooming and climbing vines wind their way along fences,
…or sometimes, a beloved daughter’s bicycle.
Bold foliage/bloom pairings abound in the spring garden. The vibrant purple clusters of the Texas Mountain Laurel, Sophora secundiflora, contrast beautifully with its solid and simple foliage,
…while the orange-crush, cup-like blooms of Globe Mallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua, differentiate themselves from their companionable ruffly, silvery leaves.
Sunshine yellow is plentiful at the terminal ends of stalks of Golden Groundsel, Packera obovata, .
The cheery blooms give rest to a weary Crane fly.
It’s easy to appreciate the many stunning blooms flourishing in the garden.
Not to be outdone by mere perennials however, the two back garden Shumard Oaks, Quercus shumardii,
…rush to compete with other plants, producing their own inflorescence show which has ramifications for all other parts of the garden.
Those darned catkins! They are not so easy to enjoy, nor are they so easy to clean up!
Ah well, it’s all part of the spring garden experience.
The early spring garden–easy to savor, easy to treasure.
It is a place to listen to the love songs of the Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, sung between his treats of Burford Holly berries,
….or to be charmed with the nighttime (and occasionally daytime) trills of the resident Eastern Screech Owl, Megascops asio, couple.
The spring garden is lush, colorful, vibrant–and ready for new life.