Spring continues to unfold on Big Oak Ridge; each day brings new color and changes in the fields and gardens. We relish the freshness and beauty of the season. The finches are fully yellow and a few orioles have been spotted in the neighborhood. Each dawn we are greeted by the chorus of birds and each evening we are lulled to sleep by a symphony of frogs.
This week the purple has started to flourish. The first purple of the season happened a few weeks ago with the appearance of crocuses.. dainty and short-lived, but always our first glimpse of color and hope for the beginning of warmer days.
The beds around the house are full of grape hyacinths…from a bunch of 25 bulbs I purchased a few years ago, we are polluted with little purple clusters. I have torn them out by the bucketfuls in years past and it only seems to make them stronger. Not that I mind their cheerful color, but they tend to choke out the tulips that are just starting to open.
Popping up among the edges of the walkways are tiny violas. For some reason they love to hide their wee seeds in the gravel. We love their happy little faces, don’t you?
We have one larger hyacinth that came from a pot that I got for Easter a few years ago. It was not very large this year because we had an unexpected snowfall of five inches and it got set back a little.
Nestled among glossy vines are star-shaped Creeping Myrtle. These hardy perennials stay green all year and grace the roadside along Bowman Road. We harvested a few starts for along the top of the retaining wall and they are slowly covering the bank and infiltrating the flowerbeds.
We are enjoying the palette of Spring this year. We hope you are enjoying this pictorial and colorful tour of our flowerbeds. Stay tuned as each color emerges and each new blossom unfolds.