Clocks have been dutifully moved forward and we’re all a bit sleep-deprived. The great outdoors reveals daily–sometimes hourly–changes as spring happens. Vibrant green, accompanied by pops of color, appear at every turn as I enjoy a post-sunrise stroll through the garden.
Demanding my eyes turn toward the ground is this blast of sunshine in flower form, Golden groundsel, Packera obovata, .
Adjacent to the groundsel, one of my two Mountain laurel trees, Sophora secundiflora, calms the groundsel’s screaming yellow with dripping blue-purple clusters.
The other Mountain laurel boasts blooms whose faces reach toward the emerging blue sky, enjoying the warming sun.
Not outdone by either yellow or purple, a Crossvine, Bignonia capreolata, showcases belled blossoms for pollinators, though in early morning, no visitors have arrived.
Giant spiderwort, Tradescantia gigantea, currently dominates the floral palette of the back garden. A passalong plant from years ago, it is a triumphant spreader of royal purple.
This Spiderwort group decorates the front garden; no doubt, it will also seed out, given the work of the bees.
The Spiderwort cluster pairs with two second-year Martha Gonzales roses.
Burgundy in foliage and scarlet in petals, this tough rose is a must-have for my garden.
Planted last autumn after Hurricane Harvey laid waste half of an Arizona Ash tree, the happy-faced, tough-as-nails Blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum, is open for blooming business and will relish the full sun now available.
An as-yet unfurled Wild red columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, awaits its flowering turn in the morning sun.
Daily changes of seasonal beauty allow pollinators and gardeners satisfaction with their efforts. What’s in your spring garden?