Spring is springing

Even though temperatures are about 10 degrees below average for this time of year, spring is definitely settling in. It’s supposed to rain again in the next couple of days, so I decided to take some pictures today of the signs of spring that are popping up everywhere in our yard.

I hope you, too, are leaving winter behind and are enjoying the early stages of spring.

New leaf on one of our flowering maples
(Abutilon x hybridum ‘Souvenir de Bonn’)
New growth on string-of-buttons (Crassula perforata), planted in one of our backyard succulent beds
Hot Lips sage (Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips')
New leaf on giant leopard plant
(Farfugium giganteum). It has the potential to eventually turn into this.
I was very happy to find that Vinca minor ‘Illumination’ has begun to bloom. It’s still in its nursery pot because I haven’t decided yet where to put it. The leaves are spectacular.
And finally the biggest bloomer at the moment: our flowering purple-leaf plum tree (Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'). Monrovia claims it seldom fruits, but I have news for them: Ours fruits every year now, and quite generously, too. Our neighbor picked the fruit and made cherry plum pie last year—with great success.


  1. Very nice! Careful with that vinca, as it will take over if you let it.

  2. All the different varieties of Vinca I have planted have all reverted to the original plant, solid green leaf, blue flower! Yes best to keep the vinca confined! Love seeing your spring, if we are lucky ours might arrive in June!

  3. Alan, I bought the vinca for a spot near my Borinda papyrifera that is currently being taken over by a purple-blooming lamium. Maybe the vinca and the lamium will keep each other in check.

    Becky, this one is said to be the most vivid variegation of any vinca. I hope it'll stay this way because it truly is beautiful (even though Heather isn't fond of it).

  4. A wonderful time of the year indeed! Love that Farfugium unfurling :)


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