I am seeing Buttercups, Ranunculus bulbosus, in glorious bloom in my travels now. Buttercup is a naturalized alien, stout rooted and a pretty aggressive weed, but it is mesmerizing when thick stands of it are in bloom.
Some buttercups followed me home and I left them to grow in the cabin side bed along the driveway. Mine are just now starting to bloom. Believe it or not, in my profession plants can follow me home all on their own. I did not deliberately bring them here. I have found several other potentially desirable hitchhikers growing in my dung piles.
The Lush begins. The new carpet of green is thickening up and gathering strength to lurch high in what feels like the blink of an eye. There is looking to be a short intermission first. Monday and Tuesday morning's diagnoses are showing lows of 35. Better 35 than FREEZE WARNING!! PANIC! Still, at this elevation that is close enough for some minor concern. It could freeze. It won't be a killing frost though. Unless the diagnosis changes.
Woodland Phlox, Phlox divaricata, from last year's discard rack settled in nicely and are blooming well. I got seven of them total. Now they need to colonize.
The Lush begins. I watched a pair of Indigo Buntings getting busy. Such an odd couple. The female is a mousy brown.
Last year all the yellow Louisiana Iris froze. I didn't get much bloom from them. The year before they were spectacular. It better not freeze now that the Lush is in full swing.
Colonies of the Dwarf Crested Iris, Iris cristata, will be expanded this year. This patch was started from not much more than a single sprig. I have about ten colonies now, plenty to take divisions from. For such a petite little thing it is quite prolific.
In the land of the Lush, many things are quite prolific.