When the temperature rises to 75 degrees on a February day, there is only one place I want to be and that is in the garden.
These early gardening sessions are a good time to clean up limbs that have fallen, get a jump on the weeds while the ground is nice and moist and cut the old growth from the perennials. It is also a wonderful opportunity to peek around for signs of spring. Something many of us are craving right about now.
From inside the house I had noticed that some of the spring bulbs had started poking out of the ground. It wasn't until I got out there that I see the hyacinths are forming their flower. Oh joy! I can hardly wait to take a whiff of that heavenly scent.
The hydrangeas had a surprise for me in the form of little green buds up and down their dormant looking branches.
What's this strange looking thing, you might ask.
It is the big fat bud of a Lenten Rose. This is something that would never be seen from indoors so I'm glad I went looking for it. Many years I miss the blooming time entirely. In this instance I was perched on a rock next to the pond (trying not to fall in) while holding the flower bud up with one hand and pressing the camera button with the other. Amazing it came out at all. Ha!
Now to remember to keep checking on it until the flower unfurls.
The anticipation builds upon spotting the daffodils almost ready to reveal their beauty once again. It won't be long now.
Just when I thought it was a tad early for flowers, I spot these two peeking out from under an azalea bush. Two tiny phlox. I pause for a moment to appreciate their unique beauty. Each little petal formed so perfectly with the lavender portion looking as though it had just been painted with a wee little brush.
"If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere."
- Vincent VanGogh