There is nothing so delightful as watching plants stretch and wake in spring, unless it's being with others of like mind on a fine spring day.
People once believed that the life force of Earth itself flowed out into the cosmos every Fall then back in again in spring. Maybe there is something to that. Maybe bending low or kneeling to admire that first flower or bright spark of new green puts us in line to intercept that energy stream. We feel the tingle, grin and look around for others of like mind to share the fun.
Four days ago we asked friends across the continent, "Tell us right now, today, what's showing off in your garden or just shown up to make you say 'Wow'?"
Everyone answered in a flash... flood. We had to edit a bit, as you might imagine would happen after asking 14 gardeners to regale us with their gardens' glory. It took four days to surface through the exuberant reply!
Please hop over to the Forum to add your own report of what's making a show in your garden this spring weekend.
Just cleaning up the garden, says S. I found a clump of snow crocuses, hidden until I cut down last year's Echinacea stalks.
Steven went walking in our garden, the neighborhood and the woods.
In Cedar Rapids M. reports she is enjoying blue squill (Scilla sibirica) and the forsythias that are just about to opne, but what took her fancy was an oak she saw on a bike ride.
Spring comes earlier to Hood River than to the Midwest but M. and K.'s photo, up next, exaggerates that difference. Their daffs are a week ahead of southeast Michigan, sure, but don't put the usual hybrid tulips up against those pictured here. These are the early-blooming species Tulipa greigii. No chance that the main run of hybrid tulips can beat greigii's out of the ground.
In Los Angeles where the parks are closed to prevent large gatherings, temporarily garden-less transplant A. still found riots of color along every street:
It is tough to be a gardener transplant. Good luck, A.! Every basic saying you grew by must be reexamined. If you learned to expect crabapple bloom and rose season by "Mothers get crabapples but Fathers get roses" you'll be disoriented to have roses two months before Father's Day.
Tucson celebrates its desert nature in L.'s largely-native garden.
J. reports a ton of color, beginning with the "who even cares if they bloom, look at those leaves" toadshade (Trillium sessile). Hmm. In fact, given the rank odor of this native wildflower's bloom maybe we'll pass on looking at it this closely next week.
In the garden of the four D's, in-town Savannah, it isn't spring but all seasons!
We'll end this tour with something all those gardeners could have for the hummingbirds: Ground level though it is, the hummers do love Ajuga (A. reptans).
What's showing off and just showing up in your garden? Please, join us at the Forum. We've posted more from this coast-to-coast snapshot there, where it can be appended by anyone willing to spend a few minutes to become a free Member. Let's keep on enjoying and being amazed at the great diversity of color across our continent.