Just wanted to show you some of the progress in the back garden. Where the front garden is bulbs and colour at the moment, the back is much quieter with its whites and greens.
Viburnum tomentosum just starting to bloom. This specimen came with the house, so it would be at least 50 years old. Standing just 8 feet tall, it's a great plant for a small shade garden.
New leaves on the ferns - again a camewiththehouse plant.
Always interesting to compare different cultivars. Above look at Athyrium 'Ghost' one of my all time favs just beginning to look like a fern.
Compared with much further ahead A. 'Lady in Red' - you can really understand why she got her name when you see her at this time of year.
I prefer to use botanical names when I can. Often find that common names are more of a nuisance than a help. Here is Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' - Solomon's Seal just starting to bloom. And below False Solomon's Seal Smilacina racemosa. Looking at them at this stage, I really don't think they look anything alike - it would be like calling my cat Hercules, False Bart.
And my dear sweet Dicentra 'King of Hearts' looking quite dishy.
You must all be absolutely done about reading about how much I like Hellebore 'Ivory Prince'. It started to bloom in February (ok, it was just in bud). Look at it now. I cannot think of another perennial (there are some tropicals) that goes this jade-y colour. This is backyard Prince.