A Kansas Country Garden-First Week of April

An old-fashioned purple lilac
Is there a flower that has a sweeter scent than a lilac? Lilacs have been treasured for hundreds of years for their beauty and their scent. We have many lilacs and always appreciate a year with full bloom unhampered by a late (or in case of this year not so late) freeze.
A white lilac also has a lovely scent, but it is slightly different than the purple lilac.












Full flowering lilacs are part of our mixed bush hedge. They tower about 8 feet high.
White tulips provide a simple beauty.


The first iris are yellow miniatures.
  
This early purple iris is also a miniature.




















Ironically the last daffodils to bloom are also miniature (flower size).




























Pansies on the porch, freebies from Stutzman's open house last week.  They are planted in plastic pot which will lifted out when the weather heats up and replaced, probably with my large aloe vera plant, for summer.






Catmint begins to bloom.
Star of Bethlehem, 


Ornithogalum Umbellatum, open their blooms with the sun and shut them when its cloudy or darkness falls. I can't recall ever planting these bulbs, they just appear here and there wherever they please.
Still Blooming
Candytuft, Iberis, continues its delicate bloom


Spurge, Euphorbia, continues to bloom.
The phlox is still blooming
























































Blooming Houseplant
This succulent, Echeveria, decided to put up a pretty bloom while waiting for warmer weather to go outside for the summer. The parent plant is in the upper left hand corner. The blooms are on a thin stalk sprouting about 12 inches above the base.






















In the Vegetable Garden
These asparagus are destined for Easter dinner. Asparagus need frequent picking or they will be too tall and not good to eat.
And may I wish you a very happy Easter! 
He is Risen. He is Risen indeed.



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