With all the celebratory postings and pictures of spring coming from some of my gardening friends around the Northern Hemisphere, I thought i'd walk around the yard and show you what is growing on in our yard. Here's a look at the clematis, blue poppies, magnolia and assorted other things. What, you can't see them in the five foot deep snowbank around the arbour? Tsk tsk. Let's go a little further.
Oh, here we have another lovely wave of snow, prettily needlepointed with a thousand thousand bird tracks. It was too nice a day for the snow buntings to visit, and I saw them down by the shore, flying in jubilant waves.
The mostly-buried rose is the aptly named Snow Pavement, or Schneekopf. It won't be blooming for a while yet. The snow here is between 2-3 feet deep, rather deeper off to the right where the big drift is.
Ah well, it's a beautiful day even if the plants are a bit shy about showing themselves. Even the wild plants are a bit reluctant to burst forth yet, but they're still showing seedheads in lots of cases. I believe this is a Hypericum, or St. John's wort, but I could be mistaken.
This, on the other hand, is knapweed, a relative of the various Centaureas many of us grow in our gardens. It's a great bee plant and birds like its seeds, so I think it's a Good Thing.
And one of my favourite wild plants is Queen Anne's Lace, or wild carrot. It just pleases me by its structurally interesting blooms at all times of year.
Finally, a visit to the Hellebore 'Ivory Prince' and Hamamelis 'Diane.'. Well, I couldn't give them a closeup because there was a big drift in the way...and they were well and truly buried too. As in completely. I expect 'Diane' will emerge first but alas, Frances my friend, (who taught me how to get my hellebores through winter and whose garden I dream of visiting) I can't celebrate my blooms yet, so I'll just enjoy yours. And those of others fortunate enough to have spring in midwinter.
Did I mention we have another storm due today?