Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spring Is On the Way

The first day of Spring, March 20, the vernal equinox, is two weeks away.

But here in the coastal climate on the western side of the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest, Spring doesn't wait for the calendar.  It creeps in in small increments through late winter.  That's one of the things we love about living here, and a reason for putting up with the rain.

The rain has been heavy the last few days, and flooding and mudslides are now an issue, along with avalanches in the mountains.  But there was a break in the rain this morning, and with temps in the 50's, Spring beckoned me outside with my camera.

Yesterday while we are out for a walk during an afternoon sun break, we found violets blooming along the side of the road. I had Tom pick me a few.
 In the yard the mini Tete-Ta-Tete daffodils are blooming.
 Marsh marigolds await the sun to open their faces.
 The rhubarb has broken ground.
 Scilla ( bluebells) and tulips are up.

 Green is happening.
Early euphorbia is blooming.
 The camellia grown from a cutting from the farm I grew up on is blooming.
 Last night there was heavy wind and rain, and this morning the area under the cedar trees is littered with the bud coverings of their "blooms".  Soon there will be a green haze of pollen and the sneezing will start.

 The primroses have struggled through two deep freezes, but persist.
 The native red flowering current is breaking bud.
 Moss carpets are glowing green.

Pulmonaria bloom as soon as they can break through the mulch.
 Forsythia herald spring and will soon be joined by the pick haze of neighborhood flowering plum for "Pink and Yellow Time".

 Did I already mention moss?  

 Hellebores continue their lovely show.

 The rose tree is showing green.
 One clump of trillium is up.  Others are still hiding under leaf mulch.

 Mouse Plant has sprung up along the foundation.
 The witch hazel in the front yard is still lovely.

 Hardy cyclamen has leaves almost as pretty as the flowers.

 The one surviving daphne odora is hanging in there and is beginning to bloom, filling the area by the front door with wonderful fragrance.

The pansies in the porch pots are recovering and filling in around the primroses

 Native Oregon grape is showing color.
 Tom has been moving things out of the green house that were being protected from frost.
 Inside the pregnant onion has raised a huge family.
 Cuttings are growing on, and seeds have been started.
 The Green House Wall Gang laughs through it all.
 In the garage Tom has been reworking some of his bonsai.  I'll have to do a post just on him.  He's busy out there right now.

 A sprig of daphne has been added to my little bouquet.  

Oh, the scents of spring.


  1. So happy to see all that green and the flowers in your garden. I still have the pregnant onion that you gave me when Peter and I visited for the NPA tour. It's out in my greenhouse now, and it has one tiny little baby.

  2. You are really finding signs of spring. Just beautiful!

  3. Isn't it just so exciting. I love this time of year. Well the rain could slow down a bit. I have my seed packets, I have my starting soil and bob is checking out the cold frame (our little green house). Jim is redoing the big green house for his stuff. Thanks for sharing. MB

  4. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!

    Thank you for this taste of spring. Our stuff is still under ice and snow, but it's only a matter of time.

  5. Yes, yes, YES! So beautiful and ready for spring are we, now. I am typing with one dead finger, which was deadened so that it could be opened and drained. Still, I am happy to be home and reading my favorite blogs, yours of which is, of course, one! :-)

  6. wow, how lush-love the bonsai trees! what a hobby...

  7. Oh yae!!! Spring is here for sure. I loved seeing all your flowers, but especially your bonsai. Tom is so talented. You both make quite a pair!

  8. It looks like you are about where we are here in SW Georgia about now. The azaleas and dogwood are late here this year, but red buds are in bloom and Bradford pear should be popping into bloom soon. I love Spring!!

  9. You and Tom should come to my house in Hawaii and work your magic in my yard. Pretty photos.

  10. Oh, you have spring all around! My Mother loved to pick a little bunch of violets and put them in a tiny little pitcher or vase.

  11. This blog leaves me speechless, it is beautiful. The photos are amazing, I could stay here forever enjoying the beauty!

  12. Thanks, it is so good to see flowers and green! :)


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