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Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Although many plants are just getting started, there is something new to see in the garden every day, now that spring is finally, in its two steps forward, one step back manner, here. Shared here are some highlights of the early spring garden that I have been delighting in daily.

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Tulips: Love those lush, rich colours

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Cushion Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma)

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Our native Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphylium ) with a self-seeded Wood Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum ) looking for growing room.

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A little forest of native Mayapple umbrellas (Podophyllum peltatum )

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Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum spp.), early flowers for hummingbirds.

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This euonymus standard retains some colour all winter, but brightens with new leaf growth in the spring.

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This comfrey (Symphytum uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold’ ), looks harmless in the spring, giving little indication of the giant it will become. The dark leaves belong to Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’.

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Henry the Samurai (Saruma henryi) has dainty yellow flowers.

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Darmera peltata produces longstemmed pink flowers first and then follows up with large leaves.

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This golden bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’) shines even on rainy days.

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So does Hosta ‘Nancy’, with her brilliant gold leaves.

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The impressive flower of a Crown Imperial Lily (Fritillaria imperialis).

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Epimedium rubrum has put on a dazzling show of tiny dancers.

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Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and, below, the brilliant red bloom of the early peony Paeonia tenuifolia.

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Blue Sky Tree

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Daffodil Yellow

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Forget-Me-Not Blue

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Magnolia White

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Hellebore Green

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Tulip Red

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Viiola Purple

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Darmera Pink

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Cryztal-B, April 2016.

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Walking with Coralie

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The first Great Blue Heron to return to our stretch of river this spring arrived yesterday. Happy hunting!

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