Wow, it's the middle of March...how did that happen! It seems like just the other day we were taking down our Christmas lights! Spring is officially here in Portland, and I can't tell you how nice it is to get out of work and still have it be light out! It's still a bit early for much to be blooming in my garden, but a quick look around yesterday morning found a few surprises.
The most noticeable blooms at the moment are the Daffodils. Amusingly, I actually didn't plant any of these...they are remnants of the previous owner's plants. This is the first time these doubles have bloomed since we've lived here. They were previously covered up by a Euonymous shrub that I removed last summer.
As with most plants, however, I prefer the singles.
I was surprised by this vibrant pink Oxalis bloom the other day.
Why, oh why, have I waited so long to plant Crocus? They take up no room, bloom brilliantly, and then disappear just as the rest of the plants take over.
While this is more of an "almost" bloom, I'm so excited to see the Mukdenia 'Karasuba' I planted last year looking so happy. I'm hoping it likes the spot it's in.
I'm not entirely sure what variety of Clematis this is, it belongs to our neighbor, but is covering the fence between our properties. It's a dull, boring thicket for 11 months of the year...an then a glorious, glowing mass of blooms for a few weeks in early spring.
And now, for a pre-emptive Foliage Follow-Up! One of the constants in my garden, Anementhele lessoniana. I just love it's ever-shifting colors during the year...and it's graceful form.
I leave you with some of my favorite new foliage at the moment, Persicaria 'Purple Fantasy'...love it!
For more blooming goodness around the world, visit Carol at May Dreams Garden. For more Foliage finery, visit Pam at Digging!