The ferns that were just barely starting to unfurl from their winter sleep have shot up to a foot tall! The ornamental grasses are really starting to grow as well.
I love Hosta. All varieties of Hosta. Two of my favorites are in the front of a small garden. The large leaves of the brightly colored Chartreuse Hosta (Sum and Substance variety) are stunning in a flower arrangement or single stems of the hosta leaves alone in individual vases. The smaller bi colored to the left is Summer Joy.
This is a plant that is commonly named 'snow tuft.' It's a fairly early spring bloom that spreads like crazy year after year. It brightens up any spot in the garden. I'm not sure why, but this plant experienced a lot of winter kill this year. It's about half as big as it once was.
There are always creatures in our yard.. rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and yes, even skunks pay a visit throughout the season. The rabbits have been feasting on some lettuces I planted just for them. (It keeps them out of the other gardens!)
This is my little garden oddity... it's a Japanese Maple that is actually two varieties in one! The lower part of the tree is a weeping variety, with deep purple/maroon leaves. The upper part of the tree has smaller green leaves that do not change color during the course of the season. I don't have a clue.