After a couple of wet gray days everything in the garden looked so fresh under this mornings bright sun--so I took a couple of quick pictures before work. Hurricane Isabel six years ago broke off a River Birch so I planted a Cherry tree as a replacement. I don't remember the variety since it was a clearance tree at the end of the season. It grew faster than I expected and is a lot bigger than I had planned--but it is a beauty.
And while I was out I grabbed a quick shot of an Eastern Redbud that is about 15 years old. I really like the branching. It is an excellent specimen and seems to own that spot on the corner of the house. It was partially shaded by a large Yaupon Holly that I lost during last Novembers Nor'easter so I expect it to bloom better next year.
The last morning picture is my mailbox curb garden. I've been trying various combinations of plants for several years. For spring flowers I usually buy a couple of bags of tulips at the end of the season from Lowes and plant then in this spot since the voles can't get to them. After they bloom I pull and compost them.