I keep waiting for the other cold-shoe to drop and technically it still could since it's only the middle of February. For now, however, things in the garden are just peachy. Yesterday, I had the good fortune of capturing photos of this little visitor--a painted lady butterfly! How sweet she was, sharing nectar with the bees on my blooming viburnum.
|Winter-blooming Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'|
|My covered-patio thermometer is even happier.|
More evidence of spring, baby tadpoles in my outer pond!
|Lots of algae for them to eat.|
|Fortunately my patio pond is much clearer.|
|Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' in bloom.|
|White crocus or as I like to say "croakies"|
|Brunnera macrophylla is beginning to bloom|
|A few tiny Oxalis crassipes blossoms to add to the mix|
|Check out the enthusiastic Impatiens omeiana babies|
|And I'm happy to see that my Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink' |
survived what was admittedly a mild winter.
|Impatiens balfouri and I. glandulifera seedlings abound which means the soil is warming.|
|And Kenilwoth Ivy (Cymbalaria muralis) is popping up all over. Some people hate it but I love this stuff.|
|Even Tetrapanax is happy with the weather.|
|I'm surprised how big my Allium schubertii are getting|
How about a few befores and afters?
|Looks like a mess, doesn't it?|
|Most of those tiny leaves are Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Karmina.'|
According to my records, I planted it in 2002 so its spread is understandable, but a bit of tidying is called for.
|I replanted all the Geranium bits and cut back the ferns.|
|Yes, it's the little things!|
|Here is a shot of this whole bed, including the aforementioned, tadpole-filled outer pond.|
|A tall Kale holding on with raspberry canes in the background|
Finally, to all of you are still under the grip of old man winter, I hope these photos
are helping. Spring really is just around the corner.