The columbine is doing very well this year. They are always my first ones to flower and its so nice to see that first pop of color after a long dreary winter.
This year I also decided to do some annuals in my planters on the porch. I skipped it last year and missed out on the color. This year I have a good mix of white, purple, pink and yellow to brighten things up.
For my birthday this spring, I received two garden "ornaments". The first is this birdbath that is shaped like a flower. The extra color in the garden is nice and the small birds seem to like it. I've even seen a hummingbird at it.
The other ornament was this glass ball with a metal moon around it. It gives a little bit of sparkle to the garden with the metallic shine. The glass ball also glows slightly in the evening as it starts to get dark. Its a nice addition to the garden.
Another view of my columbine as well as silver mound. The silver mound are very happy. They started out as two plants, which I split last fall and I now have four sections of very healthy and happy plants. I have to give them haircuts once in a while to keep them from getting out of control, but I like their compact shape and the bit of simple green they add to the garden.
The picture below is from about 2 weeks ago. I had purchase some new small ground cover plants to go in front of the clematis. The clematis is only just starting to take off in the photo. Now it has blooms all over it and the green is at least halfway up the trellis.
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations