Twitterpated birds are swooping in from everywhere and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Yes, I think Spring has hit the Pacific Northwest. My condolences (really!) to those of you still buried under snow and mud. This post isn't about bragging, but about hope.
The Cornus argentea looks like a chandelier with all of it's new foliage popping up.
Thalictrum 'Illuminator' is a great companion of Pulmonaria 'Leopard'.
Malus 'Pink Spires' is one of the first crabapples to bloom.
Flowering Current (Ribes sanguineum) brings in the Hummingbirds.
Primula vulgaris are some of my favorite primroses. This is a very old one called 'Quaker Bonnets'.
Another great primrose is Primula sieboldii. Although it looks fragile, this is a work horse. Spreads nicely.
The lilacs are budded and waiting.
Although not in their prime, the Hellebores are still quite showy.
Geranium 'Hocus Pocus' creates a dark contrast to it's golden neighbor.
One of my favorites, the checker lily (Fritillaria mealagris), makes a daring display with Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain'.
The Ferns still look like something from "The Little Shop of Horrors".
Anemone nemerosa 'Bracteata' are just beginning to open their ruffled blooms.
The Post of the Week is Five Mile Furrow.
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