I never really have been drawn to Pansies, but these little troopers have me reconsidering. My little guy potted them last year in one of my Little Sprouts classes and they made it through this year's mild winter just fine. I really enjoy the vibrant blue set off by the cheerful yellow centers.
Blue Hyacinth sprouting up among the Carex on our back deck. It gives off a gentle aroma that sends me off on my day and greets me when I come home.
The first tulip bud emerging in the catwalk border in the back garden. If I recall, this is 'Flair,' which when it first emerges reminds me of those yellowy-orange popsicles
Columbine has reseeded freely around the back yard. It's a great filler, and this one in particular stands about three feet, adding some height to the perennial garden. Right now it remains in its green state, but it will send up mostly sturdy stems topped with pink petticoat like flowers that last for quite some time.
Astilbe is also just greenery right now, but it will eventually sprout billowy plumes of creamy flowers. I've another variety that isn't nearly as far along but has more crimson leaves and flowers.
Another Hyacinth potted near the back door. I like how this one catches early morning rays of sunshine. Last year I forced Hyacinths indoors and wish I'd repeated it this season. I guess there was no need since everything has come early this year.
Sweet little lantern bells of native Kinnikinick. I've spread this hardy ground cover throughout both the front and back gardens and in shade and sun. It seems to do best with a bit of shade but thrives in either condition. I haven't spotted any berries on any of the plants but it's supposed to get them fall and winter.