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The warm spring weather continutes, and a few more flowers have started blooming during this past week in the garden. The yellow forsythia shrubs are also coming into bloom. The deer are serious pests this year and have eaten the buds on my hydrangeas and almost all the leaves off several evergreen shrubs. What they haven’t eaten, they have trampled down. Here are a few flowers they’ve missed:

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creeping phlox
It’s way too early for the Creeping Phlox, but it’s blooming anyway.

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flowering quince
The Flowering Quince has a few flowers. It always blooms sparsely, don’t think it likes our mild winters and it probably doesn’t get enough sun.

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grecian windflower
Grecian Windflowers (Anemone blanda) are blooming.

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daffodils
The small daffodils are now starting to bloom in the edge of the woods. The larger flowered early daffs have been in bloom for a couple weeks now.

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miniature iris
The little irises are at peak bloom right now and look so pretty in the secret garden. I think I need more of these.

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Only three weeks til spring!

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I wandered around the garden for awhile today looking at (and fussing about) all the deer damage to my hydrangeas and the constant rain and wet soil this winter, and was cheered by the flowers blooming now— daffodils, crocus, miniature iris.

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crocuses in bloom
Crocus

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miniature iris
Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

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daffodil
Daffodil

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It’s so nice to see the garden coming alive again!

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dwarf iris blooming today

dwarf iris

Goodbye and good riddance to February! (Why does the shortest month always seem to last so long?) The month ended today with huge scary thunderstorms, torrential rains and 50 mph winds. Trees were down across the road and power lines and we had a three and a half hour power outage. Around 3:30 this afternoon, it was as dark as night here and we were under a tornado watch for most of the evening. No damage from the storms thank goodness, except for the downed trees and limbs everywhere. Skies cleared early tonite though and it’s warm and humid right now. We have had about two weeks of very warm temps here, in the 70s, and finally, color is starting to appear in the garden and woods. Bulbs are all sprouted, trees are budding, and we have flowers! Here are some photos I took earlier today, in between downpours. Click to enlarge.

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crocus in bloom
Crocus blooming in the front border

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miniature iris blooms
Dwarf Iris blooms

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iris in secret garden
Blooming in the Secret Garden

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viola
Volunteer Viola

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viola
Another volunteer Viola blooming along the edge of the creek

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Lamium 'Beacon Silver'
Lamium ‘Beacon Silver’ growing rampantly in the Secret Garden

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Here’s hoping the month of March brings nothing but blue skies and sunshine and no more cold weather! :)

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