With all of the up and down temperatures, spring is progressing cautiously, but to my mind that is better than 80's in mid-March, followed by a freeze that catches everything out.
Our Virginia bluebells is going to bloom this year. It took the last year off after the move, so I was very thankful to see buds on it this year. I think the new leaves are beautiful.
Another true blue, Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans) photographed on Thursday. I got my first start of this plant from seeds received from the NC Botanical Garden, and this plant has proved altogether delightful. It's much tougher than it looks, and like Phlox divaricata will seed itself around a bit.
An especially colorful version of woodland phlox, 'Louisiana'. If you look closely you can see that the petals are actually swirls of many different colors.
I love the new leaves of Oak Leaf Hydrangea: spring green, quilted and fuzzy to the point of being cottony.
Look, 'Blush Noisette' made it through the winter!! I was afraid she was a goner. She is new to my garden, just planted last fall. I've read great things about this rose in the South, so I hope she can get established.
The rose below is a thornless hybrid Gallica, once-flowering and fragrant, that is covered in purple blooms in spring. I received it in a trade last year and it grew by leaps and bounds. Its identity is unknown. It was given the nickname 'Delia's Purple' by the original source, a lady who gardens in Louisburg and Raleigh.
'Climbing Old Blush' looks ready to put on a show this year. She's evergreen in any case, but she's been putting out a lot of new growth and even some buds.
I love Blue Violet. It can spread as much as it wants, the more the merrier. I love the purple color of the flowers.