This is a view toward my front garden, taken near the side walk by the patio:
I enjoy such views immensely, but when I am strolling through a garden, sometimes the greatest pleasure comes from examining plants close up, often discovering delightful, unexpected details.
For example, at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, there is a flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, near the entrance. Ho-hum. There are lots of dogwoods. No point in giving this one more than a glance.
No, stop! Look close! This one is different, a rare double flowering one, 'Pluribracteata':
I wonder how many visitors walked past this tree and never saw the unusual blooms?
In my own garden there are several varieties of Cornus florida. I love this pink flowering one:
My favorite dogwood has to be Cherokee Sunset, with red blooms and fabulous variegated foliage:
I have never seen a variegated plant I didn't love. When a plant has beautiful foliage, it doesn't need flowers to impress me! Here is a sampling of some of the variegated plants in my garden:
Variegated Weigela is a plant with both variegated foliage and flowers. Sweet as candy!
I have lost count of the Japanese maples in my garden. The number has risen above 15, I know. Here are a handful. Examining the leaves, I fall in love all over again.
Ferns are always worth a close look for interesting details:
Despite my love of foliage, I don't want to overlook the flowers. Here are a few worth a closer look. The purple clematis is H.F. Young, a good one for either sun or shade:
And finally, here are a couple of photos that sum up what spring is about: New birth!
Happy gardening, and enjoy the details! Deborah