I can't get enough of spring flowers! I just love them so much! Here are some photos of flowers in bloom in our yard right now (and a couple of spectacular ones from the garden of Frank Cooper).
Let's start with what I call the "ash bed" -- a group of bulbs and plants encircling the big old ash tree on the west side of our property.
Here are some of the white fritillaries surrounded by the blue forget-me-not flowers of the big-leaved brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla), an easy and lovely shade plant.
The white fritillaries also come in a charming checkered purple color. The fritillaries are bulbs that are planted in the fall. I've seen pictures of great drifts of the checkered ones in Oxford, England.
The brunnera bloom early, and then the leaves continue to grow bigger and wider during the summer, looking quite a bit like hostas. They seem to be undemanding and spread slowly in moist shade.
At the other end of the ash bed are some more Darwin tulips.