I have some beautiful bearded ladies blooming in my garden, in multiple places. This is one of the first blooms to open and shares company with the columbine and the fragrant white iris in the back garden.
The one below, just beginning to open, is in the front border surrounded by many others.
I planned this bed so that the Spring blooms would be primarily pinks and whites
with some nice foliage mixed in.
|Husker Red Beard Tongue|
|Igloo Doublefile Viburnum|
|White Indian Hawthorn|
But our warm winter and early spring encouraged the summer residents to make an early appearance. The summer blooms are all hot colors - like this.
|Arizona Sun Gaillardia|
The coreopsis is beginning to bloom, too, but it isn't as much of a misfit.
In fact, it brings out the yellow in the irises.
I'm enjoying these early arrivals, even if they aren't color-coordinated.
I don't think I'll ever complain about blooms - and I don't think the bees and butterflies will, either!
For the origin of the irises see this post from last April.