Sunday brought overcast skies and cooler temperatures, so we took a break from yard work and enjoyed playtime with our son. My husband did, however, treat me to some of his own floral design that I thought I'd share. He's gotten quite good at these lovely images. It's often a shame to drink the coffee.
As I sat enjoying a cuppa I caught a glimpse outside of the warm pink blush from my potted tulips. Two days ago they were still pinched closed, the colored tips just starting to show. Perhaps yesterday's warm sunny weather encouraged them to spread their wings.
It's such a joy to watch the minute changes that take place in the garden from day to day. I'm inspired to bring in more bulbs and perennials to help mark the weeks as we march further into spring.
Just today I'm noticing that my color scheme surrounding these tulips seems to be burgandy and pink, with splashes of silver. This area of the backyard includes a Hebe "Great Orme," Japanese Willow, barberry, "Emperor I" Japanese Maple, and Nandina "False Bamboo," which is tall enough now that it catches light from the setting sun for brilliant color. Columbine also peppers the bed, apparent offspring from a plant tucked in across the path three or four years ago.
This portion of the yard also slopes up and away from the house. I've been able to tuck plants in randomly, without much regard for height or size, yet still see everything. With the fountain, and despite the alley serving as its backdrop, this has turned into a nice little spot for the eye to linger and the mind to rest.