I'm amazed at how quickly the leucojum has come into bloom. Just a week ago the leaves were barely peaking through the ground.
The Philadelphus "natchez" was actually blooming on 'bloom day' but I never noticed. I was so busy looking at the lower level plants. I wish it had the fragrance of the native species but it certainly puts on a splendid display.
The lemon never ceases to amaze with its bloom power. It flowered earlier on but despite visits from the bees the fruit did not set. I guess it is having another go. It will be fragrant.
Neither D nor I can resist bending down to smell Felicia as we pass by. This hybrid musk, double, pink petaled rose has the sweetest fragrance.
The pomegranate crop is going to be a record this year. I have never seen so many flowers on the tree and the fruit is already starting to fill out. What I need now is one of the heavy duty, ratchet style fruit presses.
This twist leaf yucca, Yucca rupicola, in the outer gardens, is sending up a flower. I have protected it from the deer. They love to break off the flowers. This yucca is one of several plants endemic to the Edward's plateau on which our garden sits. It is happy to grow in the thin dry soils which lie over limestone rocks.
Always on the lookout for plants for the dry gravel garden I saw this Manfreda maculosa at the Wildflower Center yesterday. I was out of town during the spring plant sale but had the opportunity to do a little shopping at discount when I was over there yesterday. This low growing tuberose has delightfully mottled leaves.