Gardening is my passion, as is photography. When I combine them together, I experience so much joy. This afternoon, I wandered around the yard for about an hour photographing some of my spring blooms. I find that they can brighten my spirits better than just about anything. Here are a few of my favorites, and there will be many more to come as the season unfolds... I planted some Spanish Bluebells last October, and they were among the first flowers to bloom this spring. I am especially enamored with the anthers (blue tips of the stamen.)
Another early bloomer is the bloodroot. This is one of my favorite flowers and it is naturalizing throughout my gardens. I have beautiful groupings of bloodroot scattered hither and yon.
And then, there is the trillium. I couldn't be more pleased with this native beauty. I originally had one white trillium and one red trillium plant. The white variety did not survive, but the red one is growing by leaps and bounds each year. I have it planted under some white pine trees, and it obviously thrives in acidic conditions.