Bloodroot

Bloodroot

On my way down the driveway this morning I noticed the bloodroot is blooming.

Bloodroot

I love how the bloodroot leaves look like they are offering protection as they curl around the flower stem.

Once the bloodroot shows up, I know other ephemerals are not far behind.  I looked around in the usual places and found – yes! – the rue anemone is also up and blooming.

Rue anemone

Here’s a closer view of the rue anemone’s delicate blossom:

Rue anemone

After several dry 80-90 degree weather days, the spring-flowering trees, bushes and bulbs are showing glorious colors.  I have been carefully watching the redbud as it began developing its “red” flower buds just one week ago.  And today, its branches are covered with blooms.

Redbud

Five years ago I transplanted this redbud here.  I am so proud of this tree which grew from seed dropped by another favorite redbud tree.  Here’s a closer view of the flowers growing on the redbud.  Some flowers opened today (lower ones in the photo) and others will probably open tomorrow (upper ones).

Redbud

We seem to have moved straight from winter into summer with a brief one-week visit of spring weather.  Tomorrow’s rains will be welcome as they bring much-needed moisture (and cooler temperatures) to the recently planted vegetable seeds and surrounding landscape.

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