Spring is quietly creeping into my life, by way of my yard. Perhaps not so quietly, as we had a humdinger of a thunderstorm overnight. If you feel tremors under you feet it would be me doing the happy dance. We needed rain in the worst way.
I bought two cold hardy repeat blooming rhododendron today, which is why they are in full bloom. We have a limited selection of azalea and rhododendron we can choose from because of our harsh climate, but I am grateful to the University of Minnesota's horticultural college for developing these winter hardy plants.
The box elder are budding.
Old fashion orange day lily making an appearance.
The asiatic lilies are feeling brave, it is April after all.
Never spring without dandelions.
A favorite - delphinium.
Blurry red twig dogwood. I liked the image with the wood pile focused behind. We dig the dogwood out of the ditch and transplant it, as well as honeysuckle. They grow wild and I use the free landscape material.
I use a lot of what I have on hand; like horse manure. It makes a good fertilizer, but I also use it as mulch. The bedding is ground wood, so it works great as a mulch. After fermenting in a pile all winter you can hardly tell what it once was! I do live in the country, you know.