Winchester Cathedral wins the race–one bloom today. This is two weeks ahead of last year when China Doll put out an early bloom on April 16. Eden, Gruss An Aachen, The Herbalist, Winchester Cathedral and Penelope are all loaded with buds. The hybrid teas all have several buds apiece.
The two Bleeding Hearts plants are gorgeous. Apparently they build up with age. This is the older of the two.
The forget-me-not in the same bed has shrunk though. Marilyn is still sulking, but Brigadoon immediately leafed out after I snipped off the ends of the canes, per S&W’s instruction. I divided the huge hostas in the front circle bed and put the two new hostas by the phlox. I moved Queen Elizabeth and Ingrid Bergman to sunnier locations–this is the third try for Queen Elizabeth. I hope SHE doesn’t start sulking. I cut back the hydrangeas yesterday, and lopped down the foliage of the spent daffodils today. When they get all fally-downy and brown on the ends, I cut them back–leaving enough of the stalks so that the plant can continue synthesizing food for the bulbs underground to use for next year. Pretty soon those will go brown and then I go around and just pull the stalks up. They pull easily away from the bulbs at that point. The yard looks lovely.