Bulbs are Blooming and Buds are Swelling

Here at the farm, we’re at a higher elevation than the surrounding areas. As I drive to town, I gaze longingly at the beautiful sunshine-yellow daffodils facing the sun. At our home, only one or two have graced us with a hint of butter yellow. Until they stand at attention amongst the flower beds, I’ll have to take my gardening pleasure in the bulbs that aren’t quite so shy.

crocuses in bloomMost of the bulbs are planted in broad swaths, clumps, or rows, but the crocuses seem to only be here in what I hope will one day be my kitchen-herb garden. I haven’t cleaned it out yet, so there may be more trying to grow. So far, I’ve seen only the crocuses and these pretty little flowers:

I’m delighted to find hyacinths. I’ve always loved the springtime scent of hyacinths. They are scattered throughout the beds.The porch is ringed with what I believe to be lilacs, yet another of my favorite flowers. The buds are swelling so fast!

Finally, I think this is straight pussywillow. It’s really pretty, and I have to decide if I want to cut some for drying.

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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