Sunday, March 1, 2015

It's Spring in the Pacific Northwest

I know many of you are still dealing with cranky old man winter. I'm really hoping you'll see spring's arrival soon. We're about a month ahead of schedule here in the balmy Pacific Northwest. I think this is Nature's way of apologizing for last year's single digits.  

My daughter and I couldn't resist purchasing this adorable Primula.

Look at the tiny details on this evergreen huckleberry blossom. (Vaccinium ovatum


I saw bumblebees scurrying around earlier but unfortunately they had already moved on when I took photos.

These little Muscari started blooming today. 



Tete-a-tete Daffies


Yes, I still need to lay down mulch. Always something.

Even a spotty leaf from my Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty.' 

I'm loving the long-neck blossom heads on Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae. 
That's all I've got for this week. If you've got a second, please click over to my writing blog and read my guest post--an essay by Susan Troccolo. It's totally gardening related!

17 comments:

Hannah said...

That is a gorgeous Primula, I looked at doubles but didn't see any in that color. My Muscari are starting to show up as well, and a similar early daffodil. I can't believe how early spring is. I hope it lasts.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

How wonderful to see spring bursting forth in your lovely photos of your awakening gardens.

Always a joy to see your gardens and what is blooming/happening there.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Carol said...

Wow you do have some spring stuff going on. Hope we will this week-its warming up some so hopefully we will start seeing some blooms.

Shady Gardener said...

Pretty sweet, Grce! :-)

Anna Maria said...

Yea! Like you Grace, I'm so ready for Spring and love all the first signs that are also springing up in South Texas now. The Mountain Laurel is beginning to bloom and several of our trees are budding out. Love the pretty Primula. I'll have to look for one of those.

Kathryn said...

We're covered in snow and ice on the east coast so these pictures make me both envious and hopeful for things to come. Enjoy your lovely blooms!

Kris Peterson said...

I love that primrose! I'm glad Mother Nature was kind to you this year.

MrsLittleJeans said...

The mascari are beautiful..So glad nature is apologizing to you. Great to see you Grace...grateful to have a minute here or there for a little visit.

xo

Susan said...

We are little north of you but also have daffodils and primula blooming. The muscari is not quite ready. Is an early spring really a good thing? Not sure how it will affect our wildlife and food crops.

Susie@life-change-compost.com said...

That is one gorgeous Primula--I've not seen one like it. Thanks so much Gracie for putting up my Robin story on your blog. I hope folks go on over to read it.

lvmykids said...

OMG Kathryn said it so perfectly! I'm looking out my windows (zone 5a NH White Mountains) and all I see is snow! SNOW!!! It's everywhere!!!!..if Spring doesn't show up soon I'm going to scream! Your pictures are just beautiful, I think I'm going to cry! Two more months, ooooh! dear Mother Nature, please let me play in my garden soon...
Thank you Grace for giving me some hope. Have fun in your magical garden!

Jennifer Dennis said...

I am feeling a bit sad that we really didn't get a winter..but it is so delightful to see the early spring blossoms and bright hints of color as new leaves emerge.

rickii said...

Hard not to feel a little smug about our fabulous PNW weather. Don't let the word get out though.

outlawgardener said...

Apology accepted, Mother Nature! I'm loving this early spring! You posted some sweet spring lovelies! Careful of that Euphorbia, mine is trying to take over the world!

RobinL said...

See, you are about a month ahead, and that makes us about a month behind! If only it was more even...LOL I enjoyed seeing spring again, hope it gets here soon! But first, all this darn snow has to melt. So I guess I have a long way to go. *heavy sigh*

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Grace thanks for your glimpse of spring...I needed that and I am smitten with the Primula. I would have to have that!

Mindy said...

I saw my first bumblebee yesterday. I'd say, if nothin' else, that confirms spring around these parts.