For next week, though, my local forecast is calling for daytime temperatures in the 50s, maybe even approaching 60. Be still my winter-ravaged heart! Today I noticed Indian plum (Oemleria cerasiformis) and native hazelnuts (Corylus cornuta var. californica) just beginning to bloom along the roads. These are two of my favorite small native trees (or large shrubs) and are harbingers of spring in the PNW. In my own garden, hellebores, snowdrops, crocus, and more have all come into full bloom in the last week, and I can see shoots emerging and buds expanding everywhere I look. The awakening of the plants and the birds beginning their spring songs are having a noticeable effect on me, as well, much more so than I recall in years past. This has been a hard winter, and I'm glad to see things coming back to life. While my energy is still catching up, my spirits are rising with the sap in the trees.
|Crocus 'Twilight' emerging from lime thyme are such an incredibly vibrant color after the long winter.|
Such is my Wednesday Vignette this week. For more, follow the link to Anna's blog, Flutter&Hum, our host for this weekly meme.