The Giant Solomon's Seal is standing upright and green, in all it's spring time glory.  The Jack in the Pulpits are here in full force, the varigated Solomon's Seal is blooming, the Shooting Star is slowly poking itself up out of the ground-we have three small leaves now...and the dainty little un-named plant is blooming with sweet yellow flowers.  I do love spring in the garden. 

It's a busy time in our gardens.  Planted annuals for the patio last Saturday-Lowe's was having SUCH a deal....This weekend will be devoted to prepping the big garden, and moving perennials.  I lost a significant amount of plants over the winter (blaming the drought).  So, we will be doing lots of dividing and replanting.  The bald spots in the garden kind of make me sad.  I gave a valiant effort to keep everyone going-there were hoses everywhere last year...

The wonderful thing about the native plants is that they can withstand drought and extreme weather. They are hardy and adaptable.  Very thankful-the natives are my favorites.....
Close of up Jack's "pulpit"  so beautiful and just a bit weird.
Clump of Jack in the Pulpits.  Jack's start as seed thrown from the mature plant.  It takes three growing cycles to mature. This clump shows the first two.  The tiny ones are sprouted from seed that was thrown last season.  The larger plants are in their second year. The third year are the "pulpits" (stamens).  Very interesting....
Ya gotta love the little bells-blooming varigated Solomon's Seal.
Giant Solomon's Seal.  These grow freely in the woods all around us.  Their flowers become seeds that look almost like blueberries...
Little no name....the yellow flowers are just lovely!
I go out every morning to check progress....slowly, slowly it grows.  The leaves need to be three times the size they are now to for a bloom to come....we shall see what happens.  As you might have guessed, I love observing how my garden grows....if Miss Shooting Star puts up a bloom this year, I will be Very Excited!
 


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