Colorful blossoms are my proof that spring has finally arrived in our backyard. During the last few warm sunny days, it’s been great fun to watch the changes. I love the buds as well as the blossoms of these Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), which seem to be ringing in the new season.
Other favorites include Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) with its unique deep-pink blossoms. The Large-flowered Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) has been attracting various bees. And who can resist the bright-yellow Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), with fuzzy buds and beautiful foliage? Common Blue Violets (Viola sororia) not only have bright-purple blossoms, they are also essential food for fritillary butterfly caterpillars. However, they can be invasive and I restict them to a special area where they provide great ground cover.
Most of these flowers are small, and are best appreciated close-up. However, we enjoy our Eastern Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) from a distance as well. It reminds me of a huge beautiful bouqet.
Our warm sunny days have been followed by snow and freezing temperatures. However, these native plants are tough, and I think they’ll do just fine. Deep down, I know that spring has arrived and I look forward to watching the parade.