Life arises from the brown earth. Yellie Mums and bargain basement Asiatic lilies wake up to fill the sewer line bed. Further on down the bed are a Japanese maple, rhubarb and hellebores.
Baby viburnum shrubberies are leafing out. It is always reassuring to see new plants wake up after their first winter. They have survived.
The Mayapple has arisen. In reality this large swath of fresh green Mayapple may be a single plant. It is all connected under ground by a deep, thick, fleshy rhizome. Yes it is native. Yes it has a nice leaf for deep shade through mid summer. The single flower is so so. But it can be a pest. I am always a little shocked to see it for sale in a nursery.
Strappy green leaves of iris rise through the wild things.
At the bottom of the slope are brown piles of the edited castoffs. Over the last two weekends I have gotten some major editing done. For now I concentrate on the thugs like Clematis virginiana, Elderberry, Blackberry and baby birch trees. The summer time will be spent pulling more Clematis virginiana, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae and Impatiens pallida and I. capensis hopefully before they get five feet tall. There are good things in all this mess that I won't mind having as weeds. The thugs just have to go.
The Seven Son Flower, Heptacodium miconioides is almost fully leafed out. It better not freeze again.
It may face mostly north but I do believe there is going to be sunset action in my new view, particularly in the summer time.
A new garden begins to wake up to its first spring as a real garden becoming.