A gardener spends a lot of time on the ground in early spring ~ weeding, checking to see what's coming up, and getting pictures of those ground-hugging early flowers and brand new foliage.
White Wood Aster makes an amazing spring ground cover. Later the dark stems become more prominent and add a surprising sculptural component, even at ground level. In late summer the plants are covered with a thick scattering of small white flowers with yellow centers that change to burgundy after pollination and which the tiny bees love.
Celandine Poppy is the same yellow as daffodils but with a daintier texture and wonderful scalloped leaves. The leaves stay beautiful until the summer heat hits, by which time they are hidden by other things.
I was happy to see this Peony 'Raspberry Sundae' come up, as I bought it at Plant Delights last spring after coveting it for a long time. The blossoms look like some sort of amazing confectionary creation come to life.
The big bed is currently covered in swaths of Lamium purpurea. It's a naturalized weed and I'm keeping it from engulfing the iris this year, but do the bees ever love it. Two thirds of the Lamium in this picture is on a path through the garden, not yet mowed.
These are the buds of 'Nightfall', often the earliest iris to bloom here. It may open today after being in a holding pattern for several chilly wet days.
Eastern Columbine will probably open today, which means the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds will be here soon.
The flower buds of Baptisia alba look like purple asparagus. Baptisia takes the cake for an unusual style of beauty.
The beauty of early spring echoes the beauty of very new Baptisia ~ beautiful but a little gawky, a little awkward, and always inviting a closer look.
Happy Friday, and join Katarina at roses and stuff for Blooming Friday, where the theme this week is "on the ground".