It seems that spring arrived this weekend, literally overnight. We had a some scattered showers, and temps in the 70's and many early spring flowers just exploded into full bloom.
It started with the daffodils. i have several variaties of daffodils, including the gorgeous King Alfred, Ducat (doubles), and miniature daffodils.
These are Holland Sensation.
These are called Ice Follies. They are my favorites.
i have just a few crocus coming up in random places. i one had these growing on my front hill, but many of the bulbs i had planted stopped coming up...and started appearing in random places around the yard. i think this is probably the work of a mole or vole or some other underground critter rearranging and maybe eating my flower bulbs.
My Nanking cherry just started to flower on Friday, and by Saturday the entire thing was in full bloom and alive with buzzing bees!!
My peach trees are just beginning to bud, however i found three peach trees coming up behind our house that are in full bloom. A little strange, because they are in the shade. We are transplanting the larger two, and have 5 small (12"-18") white trees in pots to give away or barter. Last year we traded peach trees for pear, plum and cherry trees. i'm still looking for a few apple and maybe a walnut tree.
Grape hyacinth are also coming up in random places. i have a few still coming up on the front hill, but i actually found this one underneath my lavender bush. :)
On Sunday, it was a bit dreary out so i took the kids to town for a bit. On the way through Hillsville, we saw Forsythia, Bradford Pear and Magnolias in full bloom. It all seemed to happen overnight. From past experience, i know that there is a good chance we'll still get another snow or two...but i'm definitely enjoying all the signs of spring popping up.
Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Rainer Maria Rilke