Pacifica) and the flowers themselves are so delightful. I love the way the cone-shaped panicles open toward the end, so that the tips have the darker color of the unopened buds.
I find that the combination of the lilacs and the crabapple is a delight. The crabapple is actually a little behind and between the two lilac bushes.
Another beautiful shrub in bloom in my yard now is the Dwarf Double Almond (Prunus glandulosa). It isn't really scented, but the light pink and the delicate but fully double flowers are a treasure!
I also enjoy viburnums of many varieties. Some have early spring flowers that are very fragrant; others are loved for their bright red or bright blue berries for the birds. Here's Viburnum juddii, an early and sweet-smelling type.
Some shrubs and small trees are beautiful in the spring because of the color and shape of their first leaves rather than flowers per se. This very dissect (delicately cut leaves) Japanese maple is a good example.
The fothergillia (Fothergillia gardenii) isn't very common here, but it is very easy to grow and undemanding. The flowers, which look a bit like little ivory bottle brushes, smell like honey!
Besides the shrubs and trees, perennials and woodland flowers are starting to bloom as well. I love the flowing shape of the bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis).
The woodland delphinium (Delphinium tricorne), also called the dwarf larkspur, is such a wonderful purple color.
In the shade, the modest pulmonaria (Pulmonaria saccharata), also called lungwort, shows off its spotted foliage and small blue and pink flowers.
I know I said that the bulbs were finished, and most of them are, but I found a few later-blooming species tulips here and there in my scree beds.
I hope you liked these flower pics. I do plan to include blog posts about topics other than spring blooms, but bear with me for a while yet. Next post will be about blooms in the garden of my friend Eleanore.