Right now with the unusually warm weather, we've been treated to an early show of daffodils, crocuses, scilla and magnolia (which is blooming at least 3 weeks ahead of schedule).
picture from original realtor listing
One of the reasons we fell in love with the house was because of the huge magnolia tree in the front yard. Always one of my favorites, it was probably this tree that caught my eye on the listing first. It's putting on quite a show right now with it's huge pink blossoms (bottom centre).
And it'd always been a dream of mine to have scilla naturalised throughout the lawn. Little did I know that this dream would come true with the little side yard beside the garage (top right). This spot is usually ignored as it's only about 10 feet wide and is in an unused area of the property. But man, oh man, it's glorious right now.
Another favorite in the garden right now is the lungwort (centre picture). If you don't have this in your garden, go and get some. It's multi-hued flowers are spectacular and the dappled leaves provide nice summer interest after the early blossoms fade away. A great plant for the front of a garden bed as it only grows to about 6" high but mounds nicely.
I'm linking with Mary from Little Red House for Mosaic Mondays.