Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I am one happy SOB

Oh baby! I am getting way friggin psyched!

I love this time of year when it takes just a little bit of investigative work to find signs of spring. To the "normal" person's eye, it's the end of February and winter is still in session.

But to the wacky gardener's eye, spring has fought it's way through and there is no looking back. 

Here are some recent photos from THIS "wacky gardener":     

The Summer Snowflake bulbs are peeking through:

And will soon look like this:


The buds on the Viburnum 'Aurora' are oh so subtly transforming:

Will soon look this this:

And then BOOM, you get this beauty:

The Iberis 'Snowflake' (Candytuft) is just starting to show it's new red growth:

Which will explode into this in no time:

The Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue' (Creeping phlox) is also now showing its new reddish growth:

Soon to be followed by this:

And ultimately this:

This pile of green mush means little now:

But it foreshadows the beautiful blooms of the Lobelia siphilitica:

And finally, I can spot the buds forming on the Crataegus 'Winter King' (Hawthorn):

And cannot wait to see the blooms up close and personal for the first time in a few weeks (I had this tree planted last spring).

Ladies and gentleman, the end is near. Be very excited.


John

11 comments:

  1. I feel the excitement. Spring is so close now. Saw my first bee checking out pollen on the Crocuses today.

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  2. and that awesome SPRING smell that I remember!!!!


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  3. I am right there with you i just can't wait for spring to get here. I keep going outside looking for more new signs that it is truly on it's way.

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  4. your excitement is contagious John...happy pre-spring budding!

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  5. Signs of spring is exciting, but I'm getting a little freaked out seeing daffodils coming up in February! It's too early!!

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  6. Oh yeah...this time of year is awesome! I look forward every morning to looking around, trying to find signs of emerging plants...woohoo!

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  7. Hey, looking good, ONG. I'm thinking summer is coming shortly! These kind of years we seem to jump from winter to summer! Enjoy spring while it's here!

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  8. I am excited too! Don't you just love summer snowflake? I have some also. I'm way ahead of you in southern middle TN (<not bragging). We have daffs, winter honeysuckle, winter jasmine, hellebore, vinca vine, catchfly, and quince blooming right now. I am looking forward to daylight savings time too!

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