I'm feeling the welcome ache of hours spent working in the garden. Despite a forecast of possible rain, today was a lovely mix of sun and cool temperatures ... perfect for planting and enjoying some of what's appearing around the yard.
Buds are showing up all over the apple tree. I'm armed with a few more recipes this year just in case we again hit the mother load in fruit production.
One of my acquisitions from my recent trip to Flower World. Forsythia is pretty ubiquitous in the Seattle area, but I still love it's bright yellow blooms that really stand out during our gray winter days.
Spirea is filling out, although still a bit skimpy. I've decided all of mine will definitely get a hard prune after flowering. Consensus is that really shocks them into a standout performance the following season.
Catching the weeping flowering cherry as it begins to burst open. I've spotted a couple around the neighborhood that are well into their bloom, but mine is taking its time. It's a bit behind where it was last year, but it sounds like that's the norm for everyone.
Editing is a must when you find a plant that works better. That was the case with the Contorted Filbert, which I decided should be up by the front of the house to capture the afternoon shade and provide a focal point near the window. There's also plans inside the home for a master bedroom and that window will provide a nice morning view of the filberts gnarly branches.
And just because I so love their vibrant color, I'm ending with a shot of the 'Apricot' Wallflower. I decided I liked them around the Filbert, but I've also spread a few around the yard to draw the eye through the garden spaces.