Abeliophyllum distichum - its period of bloom is the same as forsythia in our area.
This is one of my happy surprise plants - Dicentra 'Gold Heart'. Chartreuse leaves, and the same bright happy pink flowers as the regular Dicentra spectabilis. And, I suppose I can understand how this might offend some peeps, but, here's the story about this fellow: I put him in a container two summers ago with a bunch of other perennials, summer bulbs, tropicals and annuals. I figured like any other D. spectabilis he'd poop out and be the messy giant ephemeral in the pot. However, he bloomed all summer long and only declined in late August - at which point who cared, because everything else was so fabulous. When I took apart the pot at the end of the season - there were still leaves on 'Gold Heart'. I tucked him into the garden and promptly forgot about him, thinking he'd probably just grown and bloomed himself to death over the summer....well, not at all. He's fabu. Back in the garden he's behaving like a D. spectabilis. Great now, stupendous in a couple of weeks and dead from the neck up shortly thereafter. Almost tempted to put him back in a pot to see if I could coax him to bloom again all summer....Looks like there's going to be some Anthriscus 'Raven's Wing' in the hort sale!This is H. 'Ivory Prince' in a protected area. A little sorry I removed the leaves so early.And here in the front garden - ok, but much fewer flowers and a lot smaller in size.This is the area to my immediate left I call Aunt Win's Garden. When I was little, she took me off to the woods to collect some woodlanders to bring home to my own garden (this was before we knew that 'collecting' from the woods was evil). So, when she left me a little money when she died, I made this little woodland garden in her honour. I can't believe the size of the Japanese Maple now - it started out no bigger than hip height.I was unaware that Podophyllum peltatum was such a masculine looking plant this early in its growth period. You can certainly understand why it's called Manroot (mandrake). I've seen at least 10 internet references that all look like they've copied someone saying "it was believed to be alive and screamed when pulled from the ground - rendering a man permanently insane." If I wasn't so fond of it, I'd almost just go out there today to see what would happen.Very sweet primula - lost the tag - but such a cheerful yellow.The photographic equivalent to throwing all the dishes in the sink....shot one - leaves and tulips, oh my.Shot #two - it's all in the perspective - sure there's too many leaves, but look at those nice little tulips!I adore orangey-red tulips - and variegated leaves....terrific!After today's rain, just think what's going to be out there tomorrow.