You've been hearing it all over the blogosphere: unseasonably warm weather has settled in for the past week or so across much of the country.
Here in Chicagoland, it feels like we've skipped spring completely (although I'm pretty confident it will rear its chilly, sleety, muddy head at some point).
In the garden, Iris reticulatas have already come and gone, and the pasque flowers (Anemone patens) are finally living up to their name! ("Pasqua" is Easter in Italian, and these flowers are supposed to bloom around the holiday. Usually, mine are far behind the Easter bunny.)
The few daffodils are blooming of course...
...and the forsythia is a brilliant yellow.
The rest of the garden is quickly coming to life thanks to the abundant warmth and sunshine. Unfortunately it doesn't look like the hellebores are going to bloom this year, and I've been jealously observing pictures on other blogs of their graceful, nodding flowers. In typical Chicago pessimism, I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop and cold, dreary spring to come roaring back. But until then, I'm enjoying summer!
Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is hosted by Carol of May Dreams Garden. If you haven't already seen other posts, stop by to see what's blooming everywhere else!
PS-I completely missed my own blogoversary! I am so careless these days! So happy third belated birthday to my blog, and thanks for reading!