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It has been a busy past couple of weeks in my garden, from finishing a new patio and surrounding bed to cleaning up and starting to plant all my other beds, creating a bottle tree, dividing and transplanting lots of perennials, planting summer bulbs, and tending to more than 300 plants I have growing under lights. Tomorrow, I’ll begin to harden them off by carrying them in and out of the house for a couple of weeks before planting them out…. not an enjoyable task, but necessary. The weather has been sunny and HOT but I have managed to get so much done lately! Since I’ve been so busy, I haven’t taken as many photos as I usually do this time of year, but here are a few quick shots of some of the blooms over the past two weeks:

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Kerria
Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’
Blooming now, with about a million flowers!

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Kwanzan Flowering Cherry
Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’

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tulips and daffodils
Tulips and Daffodils at edge of woods
The spring bulb flowers didn’t last long this year –
they didn’t like the 86 degree temperatures.

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tulips and bleeding heart
Pink Tulips and Bleeding Heart

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pink tulip
A pretty pink tulip

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red honeysuckle
Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
This gorgeous honeysuckle is blooming exceptionally well this year.

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spring bulb flower bed
Bluebells and Creeping Phlox in the spring bulb bed.

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Josee Lilac
Dwarf Lilac (Syringa ) ‘Josee’
This is ‘Josee’, a reblooming lilac. This type is supposed to be better for the south and our mild winters, and so far, it is blooming more than the old-fashioned lilacs I have. They are huge, but always bloom very sparsely (our winters just do not get cold enough for them). This lilac is about 5′ tall, and has many bloom clusters on it now. After the first heavy bloom in spring, it will continue to flower intermittently til frost.

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Are you enjoying this gorgeous, early summer-like weather?

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We had beautiful weather this weekend, with bright sun and temps in the 80s and a pollen count beyond the red level. I spent the day outside sneezing, weeding, coughing, cleaning up, sniffling, and taking photos.

Creeping phlox

creeping

My creeping phlox (Phlox subulata), also known as thrift or Mountain Phlox, is in full bloom right now. This is an evergreen perennial and it is very resilient and easy to grow. I have it planted in various spots on a steep slope and it grows well, even in rocky, poor soil. It spreads slowly and makes a good groundcover or edging. I also have large clumps of purple and white thrift growing over the top of a rock wall. Click any of the photos to view larger versions.

purple and white thrift purple creeping phlox white and purple thrift on a stone wall

Azaleas

neon pink azalea

I have several colors of azaleas in full bloom right now, with other, later-blooming varieties still to come. I have two large azaleas that are evergreen and these will bloom closer to the end of spring. Azaleas are maintenance free and easy to grow, as long as they are in acid soil.

deep pink azalea white azalea blossom

bright pink azalea in bloom bright pink azalea flowers bubble gum pink azalea

Miscellaneous blooms

cherry tree at peak bloom this week

Large old cherry tree in full bloom

I have shrubs and flowers starting to bloom all over the yard, in addition to all the many wildflowers and native trees in bloom right now. Even with the extremely high pollen count, I love this time of year!

snowball

Snowball bush filled with immature blossoms

The huge snowball (Snowball Viburnum) bush is absolutely filled with buds right now. I look forward to this every year. This old shrub is many years old and is the biggest snowball bush I’ve ever seen at more than 15 feet tall and around half that wide. I always prune it a little right after it finishes blooming. When these blossoms mature they will be much larger and turn bright white. The blossoms on this shrub are always huge and I don’t see how the bush is able to hold them all up! I can already see some of the petals turning white, so it won’t be long now.

snowball blossoms snowballs just starting to turn white

Other blooms

kerria blossoms bright white dogwood blossoms bright redtip photinia shrub

bright red honeysuckle vine dianthus in bloom blueberry bushes at peak bloom right now

spirea still blooming purple phlox wildflower tiny wild strawberry flowers

Click any photo to view a larger version.

It seems every day now there’s something new in bloom, and there’s always a reason to carry the camera around outside. Isn’t this a great time of year? What’s blooming in your yard right now?

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