Monday, February 17, 2014

Little Signs of Spring

WITH THE SNOW FINALLY A THING of the past, I was able to traipse through my garden without getting icy snow inside my shoes. What a pain. I live in western Oregon for a reason. Snow is relatively rare. Or at least it used to be. If two major snowstorms every winter is going to be the new normal I'm going to have to do some serious readjusting.

Over the weekend, while the rain and wind went on temporary hiatus, I began noticing little signs of life. 

My favorite is the coloration on this Sobaria sorbifolia.

The plant itself is not all that impressive yet. It's only two years old.

Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' is blooming again! 

The Lungworts are alive. (Polmonaria 'Reginald Kaye') I still need to cut away the tattered old growth.  

Hellebore 'Hot Flash' is almost there. 

But as you can see, the plant is not all that impressive. 

Petasities japonicus a is kind of an interesting plant. Because it can spread, I keep mine in a pot. I've been take photos every week or so to document the bud progression. 

These are the flower buds, which bloom before the massive leaves bud out. Cool, huh?


A Euphorbia blushing 

Blueberry plant getting ready to bloom. 
 And I found some interesting things in the moss and lichen department.

I don't know what these guys are growing on an old piece of raised bed wood. 

Aren't they cool? 

More moss
And finally, a Sedum that survived all the snow. 

Any life in your garden yet?


  1. Beautiful plants! I especially like the mosses. Just such different plants. It will take awhile to see anything here. The only bare spot is right next to the house on the south side. Otherwise it is snow, snow and more snow.

  2. WOW ~ It is always 'thrilling' seeing your gardens come to life. It is fascinating to me! The colors are wonderful.

    Happy gardening ~ FlowerLady

  3. Glad to hear that your snow is gone. Even after being buried, your garden is still further along than mine. You have flower buds on your blueberries already. I really enjoyed the moss and fungi shots. I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't cut back dead foliage yet.

  4. Wow! Great photos of Petasities japonicus, I just might have to get another (mine kind of disappeared, beat out by the ivy and lack of water). Your garden is way ahead of mine!

  5. Lungwort and blueberries already!?! Geesh, I guess I need to get outside and do the walk. The yard is such a mess - I really, really need a dry day to get out and do a major spring cleanup.

  6. I'm glad to see that spring is finally ready to push winter out the door up your way. Your pictures are all beuatiful but I particularly liked those of the Sobaria and Petasities, neither of which, sadly, are suitable to my zone 10b. Spring has already arrived here and there are signs that we're already proceeding into summer at a fast clip.

  7. Oh my goodness--this is such a wonderful, hopeful post! But I am a sucker for the new growth/new blooms photos. I love, love, love that Sorbaria! The colors of the foliage are gorgeous. All the plants are fabulous!

  8. No yet :((...
    Lovely Viburnum! And so sweet bright green-yellow new leaves are! You're in spring now, Grace!

  9. Oh yes definite signs of spring Grace :) You will be skipping through the garden barefoot soon. I've not heard of sorbaria before - I now want to find out more ..... immediately!

  10. We have to ignore the big picture and focus on the little vignettes of beauty and new life. Sadly, we have fewer of them than you seem to.

  11. Hooray for stirrings of the new season ahead of us!

  12. So rewarding to see life in the garden Grace! This is when I really notice the difference in our grow zone! I am still buried, last measure was just under 2 feet of snow where my garden borders are concerned. A supposed torrential downpour was lessened, and now it looks like another week of... yes, SNOW!

  13. Love the Sobaria sorbifolia! I'm looking forward to seeing what surprises burst forth here at our new home. And I can't wait to be able to dig around in my new community garden plot. Today though...I'm watching clouds come in. The forecast is for light snow.

  14. Hi Grace! Spring certainly is near, but I always remember about the snow in March! Anyway, all those buds and leaves make life more cheerful.
    What an interesting plant, Petasities japonicus! I need to learn more about it.

  15. There are a few tiny patches of green. My knautia survived our -2 temps and stayed green all winter! I love that sorbaria! It's so vivid.

  16. It's the most exciting time of the year isn't it... when spring starts pushing through the earth after a long winter! We're not quite as far on here in the UK but I did find identical purple crocuses smiling in the chilly sunshine today!


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