The purple striped crocuses/croci (take your pick...the dictionaries list both!) are still blooming in the Lilac Garden shown above, where Hannah is investigating.
Scilla sibirica (Siberian Squill) also blooms in the Lilac Garden.
That rich blue makes it a lovely companion plant for the daffs.
It spreads itself around liberally and is easily moved to fill in other spots.
These little beauties are almost finished now, but they've been putting on a wonderful show by the side porch. They're especially beautiful in the late afternoon sunlight. There are 2 varieties here.
The lawn began greening up at the beginning of April as the first crocuses began to bloom. If you enlarge this photo you'll be able to see the red flowers on the Maple tree.
Here they are closer. Aren't they pretty?
There's a little clump of white crocuses in this garden.
These purple striped crocuses are a different shape to the ones in the Lilac Garden.
I love to see them in the glow of the afternoon sunshine.
This clump of sweet snowdrops is still hanging on, but they're almost finished and not looking as good as they did 5 days ago when this photo was taken.
One of my favorite springtime views is of the daffodils backlit by the late afternoon sun. I find it very hard to capture....
....but I keep trying.
I'm always reminded of William Wordsworth's poem,
I wander'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
You can read the entire poem here if you'd like to.
It makes me think of my father, as it was one of his favorites.