The garden is finally starting to have some colour around it, in spite of the fact that things are very late this year. The Primrose, our most prolific spring colour highlight, are out in several spots, and the rest of the garden is exploding in green. Soon the peonies will start blooming, adding a lot more colour. And we actually have some leaves on the trees starting to appear - only 10 days late!
We have yellow Primrose in a number of places, and at least some of them seem to be spreading. They add so much (along with the pink and blue ones) before there is otherwise much colour in the garden.
Another early bloomer, with beautiful hanging pink bell flowers and big fat round leaves, is the genus Bergenia, commonly known as Elephant's Ears.
We have a little bit of Leopard's Bane, which adds a bright splash of yellow where there is no colour otherwise.
And in several of the Primrose, the flower form is a little different, but I like this one that ranges from yellow to orange and almost red.
And of course all over the lawn are the Dandelions, perhaps our most widespread weed, but I refuse to spray it out of the lawn because it's good for the bees. In fact we use virtually no pesticides at all.
The early leaves of the birch trees in the yard are bright green in the morning sunlight, though still quite small..
And the leaves of the red and silver maple have just started to unfold, here backlit by the sun against the blue sky.