First week in May
Loyal Garden Variety reader "Dahlink" shares these pictures of her garden from the first week in May. I am not sure there is a better moment in the garden than early May.
My pink columbine has been popping up throughout the garden--see some at the left of the photo above. It is very delicate and pretty wherever it chooses to seed itself. I like it in combination with the gray lambs' ears.
I have been looking for a Zephirine Drouhin rose, and today I found one at the garden center (see the pink blossom above). It's an antique climber, very hardy, and also fragrant. This one is going to climb up a rose tower in the bed next to the garage.
The hostas in this bed near the pond have really taken off this spring, almost visibly growing day by day. The light green plant to the left of the photo is a native hydrangea--fingers crossed for some flowers this year. That is more columbine in back, near the ferns--a darker pink here.