It was a perfect spring weather weekend. I finished cleaning beds, mulching, digging back the spreading Monarda and Campanula, and moved a few plants. I thought the winter weather may have killed off the Ginger when I cleaned it up earlier but a few sprouts have broken the surface so I guess it survived. It looks like I've lost quite a few perennials to the voles eating the roots probably the most damage I've had--even lost a Gardenia shrub to the voles. Earlier in the week I took a this picture of the dwarf weeping crabapple in full bloom. This specimen is about 20 years old and has the a prime spot beside the patio.
I thought I'd include a close up of a late blooming cherry for comparison.
The warm weather accelerated azalea breaking into bloom. With more normal temps this week they should hold their blooms for a week or more. This red on the sunny side of the garden is eye popping.
While not as dramatic Kerria has broken into bloom also. This planting is only a couple of years old. I have it planted near fall blooming Camellias which adds a dark green background to the more airy branches.