The spring garden changes daily and it's a chance to see flowers getting ready to put on a show. Sometimes they might be more beautiful before they completely open.
I love tight budded tulips, they hint at what they will look like when the sun warms them up to bloom. 'Suncatcher' and 'Moulin Rouge' are both varieties from Longfield Gardens. They both are spectacular at this point and will look wonderful when blooming too. Both of these varieties pair well with grape hyacinths.
It's been fun to watch a pink flowering crabapple grow over the last 16 years. It's right outside the kitchen window and was a scraggly little tree when we first moved in, but with yearly fertilizing it's become a healthy specimen. I even dug out a sprout a few years ago and it's blooming in the other side of the garden. For a week the buds are rose colored and when open a soft pink. I love them just before they open.
This is the first year for 'Stolwijk Gold' clematis (alpine clematis). I found a couple plants at Hahn Nursery at the end of the year they were selling cheap. It's my new favorite clematis with chartreuse foliage, purple stems and blue flowers. The buds are deep purple and are set off by the leaves.
Take a close look at the plants in your garden. Azaleas, mountain laurel, viburnums and more all put on pretty buds. Even a big hosta like 'Empress Wu' is beautiful as it emerges. The texture of the leaves in morning and afternoon light is spellbinding.
Enjoy every day in the spring garden, because tomorrow it will look different.