Early Bloomers

The first signs of spring have arrived and the show of wildflower blossoms has begun. On a recent warm day after the first week of May I thought I would capture some of the natives in bloom. I was surprised by how many blossoms I found in my own yard. Two of my favorite shrubs happen to be very early bloomers. The most showy is the hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides) sporting lacecap blooms before the leaves fully emerge. The flowers are a welcome and obvious sight that last for a couple of weeks. Less showy perhaps, but no less enticing are the flowers of our native honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis). So dainty and just a couple of shades more yellow than the emerging foliage, the lovely bell

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Native Gardens of Blue Hill
creating public gardens of Maine native plants
Blue Hill, Maine