Recently the Chicago Botanic Garden was reopened to the public. You’ve got to make a reservation for a specific time slot, as they are controlling the number of people who can be present at any given time. So last Thursday Judy and I got a pass to enter at 5 pm, for our first visit …

Allium christophii, also known as Star of Persia, is another eye-catching Allium. I have a few on the east side of the Crabapple Bed, growing up out of a border of Daylilies.

Suddenly, it’s gone from a cool spring to a warm summer.

In our garden, at least, the Tulips in their season are star performers, adding a zingy drama to the area in front of the house.

So our garden’s tulips really are at their peak now, and I can’t let the moment go without one more post.

We’ve hit the high point of Tulip season in our garden.

The spring floral parade marches on, abetted by the seasonally mild weather of the last few days.

Actually, the first Daffodils bloom in the Back Garden, which is fairly sunny before the trees leaf out.

A number of Species Tulips can play an important role in the build up to the Great Tulip Crescendo of late April and May.

On Monday it reached into the low 70s (F), constituting a one-day heat wave, at least in the context of early April in Chicago, especially for a cool spring like the one we are having.