Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Old friends back to visit

A couple hours of cleanup yesterday meant I could enjoy a bit more of the little the garden has to offer today under some rather murky skies. Pale lavender crocus have thrust their way through the earth to brighten the dappled shadows beneath the naked Japanese willow.
The Indian Plum looks like it may make a decent showing this year after I brought it home more than a year ago after volunteering with King County's Native Plant Salvage program. This deciduous shrub is only about  three feet right now, but should eventually reach roughly 15 feet. I'm hoping for some spring flowers to bloom this year. And we'll have to see if it puts on fruit, which will tell me this is of the female variety.
Corsican Hellebore in the woodland garden. This lovely has survived trampling by my dogs, thanks perhaps to strategic placement of some stumps salvaged from a friends yard.

Some berries linger on the female Skimmia placed near the back gate, just as you walk down steps into the backyard. I'm surprised these managed to make a full-scale assault by my little guy and several of the children who attended my Little Sprouts classes. They made a fun game of plucking the fruit and launching it into the grass. Let's hope this plant doesn't easily sprouts.

The first glowing bloom of Witch Hazel 'Diane.' It's right on time with it's late winter bloom, but I still don't detect any aroma as some have noted. Still, it's enough just to have a bright spot in the garden as the days waffle between gay and gloomy.


Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

Hey Melanthia,
Just tweeted backatcha! And realized you're not following me, so I can't send you a direct message on twitter ;(
Glad to see you appear there... xo Alice

Karen said...

Welcome back, dearie! We missed you. :) Indian plum, I totally covet that plant. I can't wait to see if yours fruits! Hey, if you sprout a skimmia, I'd take it off your hands! I've been wanting one of those too. Love your crocus, I haven't seen any purple ones yet, they are my favorite hue.

Kyna said...

Hi there! :)

I saw that you liked my blog, and I decided to mosey on over to see yours :D

Your garden looks beautiful! My husband just ripped apart our crummy old veggie garden the other day, and I'm wanting to put in raised beds like yours :)

I'll definitely be back to see more!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Isn't it exciting to see this new growth?! I can't wait to see some Crocuses here. My Coriscian Hellebore has buds on it too.

Petunia's Gardener said...

Lots of nice garden magic there to warm your heart, and ours!

Janet said...

Signs of spring - yay! I need to pry myself off the couch and scour my garden for a few hopeful signs too.