Spring excitement builds at Loon Song Gardens. These photos are from April 18, 2010. I estimate that we are about three weeks ahead of the typical spring.
The serviceberry near the front terrace is in full bloom.
The clumps of Feather Reed (Calamagrostisx acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') ornamental grass along the front walk are shooting up.
Picea abies 'Acrocona', a dwarf form of Norway spruce, develops highly ornamental rose-red cones on the tips of its branches each spring. The tree looks like it is decked out for Christmas. You can see a mature cone in the same photo.
This is a close-up of the newly-forming pine cone.
In a shady area, the soft green fuzzy leaves of wild ginger (Asarum canadense) beg to be touched!
Surprise! Beneath the leaves, rosy cup-shaped flowers hug the ground.
Nearby are the multi-colored blooms of self-seeded lungwort (Pulmonaria).
Fothergilla 'Mount Airy' is a shrub that displays small greenish white blooms before leafing out.
In the close-up of this Fothergilla bloom, you can see how the fringy flower looks like a bottlebrush.
And a promise of what's ahead: 'Elfin' (Stout 1949) shows scapes and buds already. It will have its first flower open soon, marking the official start of daylily bloom season at Loon Song Gardens.
The fun will soon begin!