FIRST OF ALL, MY condolences to all of you patient gardening friends who see a carpet of white outside your windows. I hope my post will inspire hope in you. Although it's still only January there are signs that spring is not far off.
As you know, I've been lamenting the constant fog but last Thursday, the skies opened up and we've had glorious sunshine since. Cold mornings, but sunny days in the low 50s.
|Coral Bark Maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku')|
The plants (as well as the people) have responded favorably to the sunshine. My Wintersweet blossoms are not all that exciting to look at but catching a whiff of scent stops me in my tracks.
|Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) blossoms|
|Sweet Box (Sarcococca ruscifolia) is also in full bloom and smells delicious.|
These early-blooming daffodils are so reliable. Every January I see those plump buds! They're planted beside an Escallonia shrub that lost all its foliage after the December freeze.
|Snow drops (Galanthus ssp.)|
|And my favorite Daff, Narcissus 'Geranium' is the last to bloom in early April.|
|Stupid moles! Another reason to do away with the lawn.|
|Clematis foliage is alive and sprouting|
|The flower buds on 'Sunshine Blue' Blueberry are starting to plump up.|
My Hebe 'Pink Elephant' is blushing a little.
|Hebe 'Pink Elephant'|
|Little leaves all lined up like soldiers.|
I am surprised by the vigor of this golden Feverfew plant. Somehow it survived the single-digit temps of December and looks no worse for the wear. How'd that happen? Probably because it is a volunteer growing in the pathway. Tenacious little thing.
And on the subject of pets, I captured a keeper of Taz yesterday. He's such a lover!
Stay warm my friends. Spring is coming!