March 12, 2014
All Sunshine And Crocus
We are enjoying unusually fine weather this March in Spokane. In fact, the past week and the forecast for the next ten days look more like April (average high 57, low 37) than March (average high 49, low 32). We might even make it up to 60*F a few times, which translates to 15*C. Today the crocuses are open wide and I could even smell them.
Leaf buds are swelling on many shrubs, including the contorted Filbert (Corylus avellana 'Contorta'). Unfortunately many trees are starting to release pollen, so those of us with allergies are feeling them. Sniff. That hasn't stopped me from puttering around the garden every afternoon.
Tiny but brilliant leaf clusters are sprouting on the Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem.' This shrub is just south of the white back fence, so it gets reflected light and warmth to speed it on its way. Hopefully it will not be too damaged when temperatures plunge again eventually, which is more likely than not.
The wooly thyme groundcover growing around flagstones in the front yard is sporting subtle shades of plum and chartreuse.
Almost all of my hellebores were transplanted last spring during our backyard landscaping project, so they are not sending up as many flowers stems this year. But there are a few getting ready to flower, like 'Pink Tea Cup,' above.
Columbine leaves are early risers, and in the cool temperatures the purplish shades are more pronounced. Well, that is enough blogging for today. I'm heading outside with my toddler to swing.