The Gradual Approach of Spring in My Yard


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April 2: The first flowers of spring are always the Siberian squill. I wish I had more of them.


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April 9: The hyacinths are barely starting to open. And there's a cheery dandelion in the background.


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April 9: The fern-leaf bleeding heart is also just beginning to bloom.


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April 18: Hyacinths are now in full bloom.


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April 18: Grape hyacinths are also in bloom.

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May 1: The fern-leaf bleeding heart is in full bloom now.


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May 1: The lupine plants are growing nicely. I just planted them last summer, when they were spindly little starts I got from my daughter.


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May 1: The bleeding heart is just beginning to bloom. My son bought me this plant in 2007 when he was doing seasonal work at a greenhouse. It thrives here under the stairs, near the basement door.


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May 6: Daffodils in bloom! These are my favorite spring flowers. I love their cheery yellow color. This batch has rather short stems, to my surprise. Perhaps it's a particular variety.


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May 6: The short iris are blooming nicely. They began about a week earlier. This particular color actually smells like root beer.
No kidding.


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May 11: The lupines are starting to bloom now. The squill and hyacinths are done, and the short iris are winding down. I can't take credit for carefully planning it this way, but it's nice to have a succession of flowers blooming in the spring.

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