This Phase Of Spring

 'Honey Perfume'
This phase of spring:  a few big rose blooms on partially leafed-out plants...
'Twilight Zone'
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...or just a lot of buds.
'Tamora'
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...some of the roses pick up right where they left off in January.
'Wildfire' 
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Others are at their best right now--it's downhill from here the rest of the year.
'Just Joey'
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Considering the first flowers from a new rose...
'Snowbird' (R. H. Hatton, 1936)
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...with surprise and pleasure.
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A fond farewell to most Aloe flowers until next winter.
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A happy "Hello there!" to emerging Dahlias.
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Frequent dosing of quick fertilizer to the Clematis shooting for the sky.
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Discreetly averting one's gaze from the Hakonechloa's awkward time.
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Ah, that rose gets better and better...
'Old Port' (McCredy, 1991) 
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Time for an impulse purchase or two.
Anigozanthos x 'Christmas Cheer' 
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 Worry about the Acer palmatum--just as I do every year.
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Sniffing heavenly scents.
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Admiring the leafing out of Crape myrtles.
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Hydrangeas, not so much.
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Spring is not a monolith of springness.  It has its tints and shades...
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...its starts and stops.
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The best of it is still ahead--or is the first blush of it the sweetest?
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Comments

  1. Your roses, as always, make my heart stop. Do you have 'Ebb Tide' and, if so, do you like 'Twilight Zone' better?

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    1. Thanks, Kris. Yes I have ET as well. The flowers of both impress, the plants of both do not.

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  2. I just picked a little posy of sweet violets for their scent...next best thing to roses, whose scent I can almost detect jumping off the screen.

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    1. Mmmm, violets! A garden with waves of fragrance is a better garden.

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    1. A great rose, sad that it was not more popular. It is consistently beautiful.

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  4. Beautiful photos, all of your plants are bursting with new life, the roses are spectacular.
    xoxoxo ♡

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  5. I love your rose photos during the cooler times of the year -- makes me want to plant more of these (the deer want me to plant more too though). The clematis, hydrangeas, etc. remind me of what's to come here eventually. How much longer?

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  6. Are those Aloe seedpods on the spent blooms? Have you ever tried saving seeds and sowing them? Hydrangeas do look rather ugly when they've been cut back and are starting to leaf out again.

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    1. Yes, matter of fact previous post 4th photo down shows some of the microscopic seedlings.

      Here the Hydrangea have a hard time dropping their leaves and continue to bloom, so they look reallybad at this time of year.

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  7. I'm glad you showed the photo of your Hakonechola. I have three planted in the ground. They were in pots the year before. I was afraid they were dead after the winter, but I see little bits of grass coming up, so it gives me hope that they will make it. I guess that's just what they do. Your garden is bursting with life!

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    1. Yes even here the Hakonechloa dies back to the ground in winter. It looks awful for a little while then returns to being beautiful.

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  8. All so beautiful! I find it exciting to see the Hydrangeas begin to produce new shoots at this time.

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