Several days ago, I was surprised to hear the Upstate was more than 2 inches short of rain for the year. I’d be willing to bet, though, we’ve already moved to the plus side of the equation, as the last few days have been very wet, with lots of drippy rain interspersed with hard downpours.
Luckily, especially for fans of the Masters Golf Tournament (about 115 miles southeast), the past weekend was nearly perfect, with blue skies and moderate temperatures. And lucky for me, my garden was nearly perfect too.
Here’s a bit of what is blooming in the ornamental garden around the house:
Azalea ‘George L. Tabor’
Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) with Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’ and violas.
Azalea ‘Girard’s Fuchsia’, low-growing and compact with vivid blooms.
Red stem Solomon’s seal ‘Jinguji’ (Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum)
Catesby’s trillium (T. catesbaei)
And in the woodland garden between the house and the Reedy River:
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Piedmont American azalea (Rhododendron canescens)
Florida flame American azalea (Rhododendron austrinum)
Spring is always busy, so I’m glad I was home for the garden’s “big moment.” I even managed a couple of days planting and spreading mulch, and enjoyed two wildflower hikes. All that changes tomorrow, though, as I begin a month of nearly back-to-back meetings. I hope to say hello from Louisiana, Colorado, and Delaware, but if postings are sparse, you’ll know why.
To see what’s blooming in other gardens around the world, visit the host of Bloom Day, May Dreams Gardens.