Whoa…it must be late May because the blooms are popping–and my hands were freezing when I took these photos. Despite the colder than normal weather and a lack of rain in my area, the lilacs are in full flower (left, and also my new banner photo), the red-twig dogwoods (right) have started to bloom nicely, the lamium ‘White Nancy’ (below, left) is starting to flower, and a geranium I bought at a recent plant sale is also in bloom. My Purple Sensation bulbs continue to provide nice color near the front door. The pansies I put in pots also look nice and some of the petunias that I planted in pots and window boxes are blooming, despite the rather chilly temps. I planted my new front-yard garden this weekend (more on that in a later post) and the wonderful chokeberry bushes (Aronia ‘Autumn Magic’) that will anchor the corner of the bed are in bloom (below, right).