Grecian windflower, that cheerful little daisy, is dressed in blue and white, joining glory of the snows in the same shades. Lungwort, with umbels of blue and pink, and hyacinth, too, share their soothing shades, while a vibrant violet pulsatilla next to a creeping thyme with yellow/orange tips excites the senses. Deep purple grape hyacinth and soft pink phlox are beginning to emerge, while soft yellow primrose and a profusion of tiny white blossoms on the ogon spirea cool and calm. Through it all, the solid burgundy shades of the lenten rose, bergenia, barberry and heuchera, the silvery shades of lamb's ear, and the many shades of green create a unifying background. Even my beloved weeds want to offer some joy, as the ground ivy and the purple deadnettle provide tiny pink and purple flowers. And over it all is a canopy of okame cherry blossoms, whose faces hang down so we can enjoy them! Three levels of color - floor, walls, and ceiling, in my outdoor room.
Yes, it is a glorious time of year, even if the daytime temperature can change 30 degrees from one day to the next. Gradually my small patches of color will spread, and with them more joy in this gardener's heart.