Typical April here in southern Wisconsin with plants pushing up and then stopped in their tracks by a cold spell. These photos were taken on Saturday (4/12). Sunday night I had to go out and cover everything with leaves and evergreen branches. The weather forecast predicted overnight low temperatures seriously below freezing. Actual temps were 21 (-6.11 C.) on Monday and 27 (-2.77 C.) on Tuesday.
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I just cut down the old foliage around my Hellebores since the flower buds were pushing up. I love how the flowers sport a green ruff that is very dominant before the blooms open (above).
Peony foliage is among the most dramatic foliage in my spring garden. This is an early-blooming species peony, Paeonia japonica.
Trillium sessile comes up early with gorgeous mottled leaves which often remain for most of the summer.