My hillside woodland shade garden is at its best this time of year, with all the spring ephemeral wildflowers.
Trout lily is finished blooming already, but will keep the lovely little speckled leaves for which it is named, for some time. The virginia bluebells, which have spread themselves beautifully, have pretty lavender pink buds that will soon open to blue. The wood poppies have started to bloom and the first of the cut leaf toothwort. A few of the trilliums have buds.
I spent hours yesterday just climbing around on the hillside, sitting on the bench and admiring what I have created from what was a trash dump! It is so beautiful. Lots of the trees I planted (oak, maple, buckeye) are at least 15 feet tall now and quite acceptably tree like. Then there's lots in all stages from seedlings to small trees. The American hornbeam I planted a few years ago is doing well and the redbud is starting to bloom.