I had been regretting not getting any veggie seeds started until winter reared it's frigid head again, leaving a heavy frost on the kale and kohlrabi that has overwintered in the garden. We even saw a bit of snow and hail on Monday, although nothing stuck. Now the earth is too sodden to work, so I will focus on planning the garden and await any further surprises.
While freezing temperatures weren't a welcome surprise, I did find some bright spots while on an outing with the little guy at Gas Works Park. The park has a great view of downtown and Lake Union, as well as lots of open space for little ones to run. And as I followed my little guy around on his random explorations, we came across a sweet little raised bed that featured one of my garden favorites: Hellebores. Not sure what kind this was, but it really glowed against a gray cloudy sky.
This was what I first saw as we rounded the corner. Another large Hellebore, and could that be a Peony, already well on its way. My Peony is just emerging from the ground, with stems only about two inches tall.
Another Hellebore brightening the area. Perhaps this is 'Ivory Prince.'
The bed had some barren spots but I'll definitely return to see what surprises it holds later in the season.