This past weekend brought mixed weather to the garden.
While looking upward one sees just slight budding on certain trees - like this one with a visiting Blue Jay - others are blossoming and bringing back some color to the dull garden.
After having to remove the huge tilting oak tree in the front garden in January of last year, I planted this small tulip poplar (the magnolia to those of you not here the South - our magnolias are the giant-leaved ones with huge white flowers and heavy perfume). This one blooms before the leaves appear and fortunately mine seems happy in this spot.
I love blue hyacinths........but somehow mine are pink this Spring! It's OK though, any flower brave enough to push up through the still cold earth is welcome. These resemble porcelain flowers among the dry brown oak leaves.
Saturday was warm and pleasant. After devouring his usual meal of acorns on the deck rail, this guy, one of many who nest in our garden trees, decided to relax and take a sunbath...............feels so good after the long, cold Winter.
Sunday it clouded up, showers moved in, and by late afternoon torrential downpours and strong winds passed over us. I managed to get outside (visible in that gazing globe!) to take a few interesting shots about the garden including this one of the new growth sprouting on the clematis. The deep red camellias in the background are on my neighbor's shrub.
As always, in Spring, the garden requires a lot of work. Guess I need to head to the potting shed, sharpen up the pruners, pull on the gloves and get out there and just do it........and soon!