Barry Severn shared these close-up photos of spring flowers from where he gardens near Toronto, Canada. It’s always nice to look forward to spring as we move into the wintery time of year!
Pulmonaria (lungwort, Zones 4–9) is a great, tough, early-blooming perennial. Bumblebees love it, and it is a great source for food for them as they come out of their winter hibernation. This is a perennial for shade, and the early spring flowers are followed up by beautiful silver-patterned foliage throughout the summer.
Cornus mas (Zones 4–8) is sometimes called the cornelia cherry dogwood because it produces bright red, very tart, edible berries in the summer, but it is also one of the earliest blooming trees or shrubs, producing a cloud of tiny yellow flowers as early as March.
Chionodoxa (Zones 3–8) has the common name of glory of the snow for its very early blooming habits. Barry says that this beautiful bulb is so vigorous that it is a weed for him. May we all be blessed with weeds this beautiful!
A mourning cloak butterfly feeds on native pussy willow (Salix discolor, Zones 4–8) flowers. The caterpillars of this species also happily feed on the leaves of this willow.
Newly emerging rhubarb (Rheum × hybridum, Zones 3–8) leaves looking like a vegetable brain.
This tiny, early spring-blooming iris looks to be Iris reticulata ‘Pauline’ (Zones 5–9) or one of the hybrids in the Iris reticulata group. These tiny irises grow from bulbs, only reaching a few inches tall and blooming incredibly early, often right after snowdrops.
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