DSC05621One of the first perennials to come up and to bloom in my garden is Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris).  I love this first sign of spring because it emerges with a fuzzy mound of foliage one day and what seems like a day later, it blooms.  It also comes in white and red, and I will have all three colors available this spring. It often blooms with the daffodils in my garden, making for a beautiful spring bouquet.  They are not quite up yet in my garden this year, but if we get the 60 degree days they are predicting, it won’t be long.

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DSC04441It also has wonderful feathery seed heads that last much of the summer after the flowers have gone.  Here the texture contrasts nicely with bearded iris.