Camellias are almost done. Hot weather will soon toast the remaining buds. In the summer little fruits that look almost like tiny green apples will show up, holding 4 large seeds. A lady in a nearby town told me to just throw the seeds under the pine trees, 'They come up like Zinnias,' she said. My experience is that they sit in a container for the whole winter and the resulting plant takes years to bloom but worth the wait.
Behind the camellia bush on the left, I moved the first daylily clump, a Hydrangea and some Crinums to open up a space for the mower to cut through. This Camellia needs a good pruning, too. Notice how it seems to have a 'waist'? Years ago it was burned at the bottom and took years to fill in again.
In the distance, center you see a glimpse of Loropetalums.
Loropetalums from the opposite direction. Imagine what giant shrubs they would be if I hadn't limbed them up as trees! Limbing up is an ongoing process but it takes little effort as compared to keeping Loropetalums as giant mounds of dark leaves and adds more dimension to the garden.
Poppies of all kinds follow fading Spring bulbs.
Last year on April Bloom Day there were Lilies, Daylilies, pink Spiraea, and Oakleaf Hydrangea in bloom. All are late this year, or were they early last year? In 2011, we had hail mid-April. Blooming in April 15, 2010 were Azaleas in full bloom. They are done for this year. Every year is different.
Welcome rain last night and this morning and again this afternoon.
I can't disguise farm equipment. I just make sure there's plenty to see between here and there. The view out the shop door is great. He-Who-Mows does notice 'his' roses.
A last look at pink Knockout.
Pecan trees leafed out, Spring is definitely here.