This was published on April 10, 2014 as an email newsletter.

“Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.”   Robert Frost

 
Ephemerals.  Things, or in this case flowers, that are fleeting.  Short on bloom time.  Sometimes not even for a whole day.

Stop now and look.  Fill your eyes.

In addition to the featured photo, below are 8 more of my favorites.  I have noted the common names and their plant type.  The trees, in addition to the beauty of their spring color, are native to the Northeastern United States and have gorgeous fall color; both are great trees for the small garden:

Winter Aconite–yellow, buttercup-like flower–bulb
Snow Drops–bright white, bell-like flower–bulb
Trout lily–charming, down-turned yellow flowers–bulb
Lenten Rose–rose-like nodding flowers–one of my top favorites of all plants–perennial
Brunnera–dainty blue flowers and heart-shaped leaves–perennial
Daffodil–range of colors from shades of white to yellow, different heights, some are fragrant–bulb
Serviceberry–floaty white flowers that move beautifully in the wind–tree
Redbud–bright pink flowers bloom on the branches and even the trunk–tree

Gardens--Hard Hat Zones??
"Read these Leaves"