The camellias in the neighborhood started blooming last week. After about one day, the blossoms start falling, each with a surprising thud. I've been working in a friend's garden and people always drop by to see her camellia tree in bloom. This week is all about catching up on all the nasty weeds that are now growing full tilt and making space for more vegetables and flowers. The trilliums are also blooming right now, along with the salmonberries and star magnolias.
The gardener thought she'd accidently destroyed her checkered lily with the weed wacker last year, but luckily it came back this spring, raising its mysterious snakelike head.