The unfurling and uncurling of spring is now taking place in gardens all around me. This miraculous process is one that I love to watch. The emerging leaves or flowers give only a little hint of the final show!
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~ Ruth Stout
Watch the Christmas ferns bending over backward as their fronds uncurl.
The ‘Lady in Red’ ferns unfurl in red, but their leaflets turn green while the stems stay red.
The next picture is one that I am submitting to the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This contest for May. The unfurling leaves of the Crimson King maple, though red, remind me of newly emerging bat wings drying in the sun. Or what I imagine they would look like. I love how the early morning sun lights up the leaves against the clear blue sky.
The round pink candy balls of the crabapple open to five-petaled confections before they turn white and all flutter to the ground.
These hostas look like big thumbs sticking out of the ground before unfurling to huge umbrella leaves.
This dwarf iris bloom was a surprise. About six corms were rescued from under an overgrown spot several years ago and, as far as anyone knew, it had never bloomed. After multiplying quietly for several years, it burst forth this year with huge purple blooms on short stems and leaves way before any of the usual bearded iris, and it is not Iris reticulata. Any identification ideas?
The nodding Solomon’s seal is blooming as the 3′ compound leaves continue to unfurl.
The Ostrich fern fiddleheads appear to be looking askance at the one in the center! Hmm, what did he do wrong?
The unfurling of the August lily hosta brings memories of the wonderful fragrances to come.
What is unfurling in your garden now?