Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Promise of Spring

It's not like we had a horrible winter, like the winter of 2014.  At least we had a lot of rain, got us right back out of the drought of 2015.  And today, we had some sun in the morning and again for a short bit right before sundown.  Yesterday, we soared to a high of 59 degrees, WAY above average.  I even broke out my shorts.  However, by this morning it was back to the mid-30's, where we belong, and today was mostly cloudy for most of the day, in the low 50's.  But for those few short hours we had sunshine and blue skies, the camera was going like mad.
 
The promise of spring is in the air.  I finally pinned down the source of the sweetly scented morning and evening air to the night blooming honeysuckle I got from the Benton County Master Gardner sale last year.  First time it's bloomed, and I gotta say - for only a handful of tiny blooms, that sucker packs one powerful punch!
 
Everything else is swelling and/or growing.  The crocus started the show a few weeks ago, and the early daffodils, at least the ones that Rosie the puppy hasn't eaten the buds off of yet, are about to burst open.  Tulip points are popping up and the Dutch iris buds are getting fatter by the day.
 
It's coming, spring is.  No matter what the woodchuck said.
 
 Gem the BC with the ready to burst buds of the daphne
 Ho's daffodils, somewhat ravaged by the puppy but still some buds left.  For now, anyway
 Cheery yellow crocus, in bloom for the past few weeks
Tulip points and muscari fans

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