The first Knock Out Rose
Camellias are almost gone after a harsh winter that was hard on them.
This candy-stripe is a seedling, not so spectacular but special to me.
California Poppies are just beginning.
It's like Hunting for Easter eggs, all the bright colors blooming now, awaiting discovery.
Spiderwort is a weedy wilding but makes
a pretty show ahead of many other
spring pretties and such a pretty color.
Another seedling Camellia, late blooming.
This is the one a falling oak limb took off half last year.
Late-planted Daffodils made a great lingering show.
It's like a new discovery every time I see it.
Wisteria blooms are starting -- and they smell good.
Tiny 'Baby Moon' is always one of the last daffodils to bloom.
Blueberry blooms attract bees.
Some of the early bushes have tiny berries I noticed.
Around where I placed Begonia pots under a Red Cedar it looked as if hogs had been rooting. Armadillo! Pots were knocked over and other signs: little cone-shaped holes in the earth. Armadillos are looking for grubs, very helpful but eventually they start tunneling under the house and having litters of four which multiply quickly into too many helpers and snacking on grubs and in fire ant mounds turns to feasting on earthworms. I set a trap after I righted pots and transplanted Spider Plants into the urn.