The most spectacular blooms at present in my garden are the Rhododendrons. I have been living here for 19+ years and the Rhodies are original so I don't know their age or varieties. I have to say they are lovely for such a short time then there is a lot of dead-heading to do afterward, but I can't even reach a lot of them and the plants bloom anyway.;-) This pair is 8' and 10' tall.
Flowers on the near 10' one, first to bloom-
Flowers on the 8' one-
A better look at the whole bush-
Magenta one that is 7-8' tall but 12' wide, it likes to sprawl-
Front garden Rhodies-
First and last rose to bloom every year and THORNLESS is Queen of my roses, Zephirine Drouhin, I think she's a couple of weeks earlier than usual thanks to all the really warm weather we've had-
Peachy Reve d'Or, quite annoyingly thorny, prolific-
White with slight blush, La Biche-
And a NOID magenta one, much more floriferous and mounding in habit-
This is Paeonia suffruticosa, which has been blooming well for many years,
And Paeonia delavayi 'Rubra' which is the same age but had it's first blooms this year, it was worth the wait-
My Geums are blooming and subject of a former post.
But the garden that always means spring to me is rampant with seed-grown and self-sown frilly double petticoat-like and dwarf Biedermeier Columbines in many colors, as well as Forget-Me-Nots and remnants of Anemones. It seems like a faerie or fantasy garden, springing up without care, and slowly getting closer to be weed-free thanks to the geraniums.
Tall bearded Irises are beginning to bloom, I'm partial to bitones and bicolors-
Tall bearded Ocelot, great color combination-
A delight is the fragrant early Citron Daylily, Hemerocallis citrina, floriferous and rapidly multiplying-
And I can't forget some valiant warriors against weed, hardy geraniums, G. sanguineum-
And one that self-sows a lot, G. oxonianum, and has a longer blooming season, with some Lady's Mantle, a weed-suppressing combination-
That concludes my "What's blooming now", isn't Spring great!