Developing my very narrow and mostly shady small garden on the outer edge of Philadelphia, I most enjoy this early spring time, even when the broad views are not especially photogenic. But close-up observation of all the early bloomers and fresh foliage excites me each year anew.
I guess this is the best wide view of early April in my garden. The pale pink is Cardamine quinquefolia (Zones 7–9), which I think you showed in a previous GPOD set from my garden.
Here’s a broader view from the opposite direction taken in June. The haze of white is the bloom of Saxifraga stolonifera (Zones 6–9). On the right is another white bloomer, Korean bellflower (Campanula takesimana, Zones 5–8). The pink is Pink KnockOut rose during its first flush of bloom.
Donkeytail spurge (Euphorbia myrsinities, Zones 5–9) in March.
Wild bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia, Zones 3–9) in mid-April.
Celandine poppy, aka wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum, Zones 4–9), along with self-seeded violets in early April.
An unnamed seedling Epimedium, with one parent likely the variety ‘Domino’.
Here’s a nice photo of Epimedium ‘Domino’ (Zones 5–8), which is the suspected parent of a self-seeded hybrid above.
Heuchera ‘Caramel’ (Zones 4–8) living up to its name in early April.
Carolina jessamine vine (Gelsemium sempervirens, Zones 7–10) with a yellow swallowtail visiting.
Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells, Zones 3–8) buds are a striking shade of mulberry purple before they open and justify their common name.
Even though my own garden is a shady one, here’s a trough planter I made with a rock gardener buddy as a fundraiser for the North American Rock Garden Society.
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