She isn't open fully, just a tease of color. Love this tree. She will be a show stopper in a few weeks...and in years to come, wow!!
For those of us in the South who love lilacs but don't have a lot of luck with them, here is a nice color substitute. Sadly it is not very fragrant. Daphne genkwa is a sweet little shrub that blooms before its leaves come out. Right now mine is full of light lavender tubular blooms. This time of year I welcome all color!!
A little more color this time of year is the Pulmonaria, this one is P. 'Raspberry Splash' with its foliage sporting white polka dots.
and here is P. 'Diana Clare' whose leaves are silver with a green edge. Will have to share the foliage later in the season. Right now it is pretty ratty, but the blooms are great. Pulmonarias bloom pink and age to a lovely dark purple blue.
A new plant in the lower part of the garden is a variegated Pieris. This one is P. japonica 'Passion Frost'. I bought three, one looks a little stressed. Hoping these colorful beauties will do well and grow to their 4-5 feet tall mature size. Pink blooms and variegated foliage....perfect!! Another month or so and these pink buds will be open.
Like a new parent or a new puppy owner who is camera happy, I can't stop taking pictures of the Edgeworthia chrysantha. She is in full bloom now and ever so fragrant. If you live in zones 7b- 10 and don't have one of these babies, time is wasting! Get one now!!!
Wanted to give you a wrap-up of the Great Backyard Bird Count-- had a lot of bird activity!! My count was almost 180 birds in 45 minutes. I got some feedback on the high count of the Brown-headed Nuthatch. The seed mix in this feeder was popular with all sorts of birds. At some points during my count I had 5 Nuthatches at one time on this feeder.
See the Nuthatch below? Busy little guys. They take a seed and fly off to eat it and return to get another.
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