Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Spring is on its way

Until about an hour ago, we had terrible weather. The wind was howling across the chimney here in the back sitting room and there was sideways rain. In celebration of the break in the weather, here are some evening shots of my garden.

Corkscrew Hazel - corylus avenella contorta. This beauty comes into its own at this time of year with the lovely catkins dangling off it like a geisha's hair ornament. It can be used for flower arrangements later, but as it is SO slow growing, I am loathe to cut it. I'm going to try to get a few cuttings to sprout and have more of them.
Snowdrops are getting past their best, but still pretty.

I have one little dogwood. I'm going to trim it up this year in the hopes that it becomes "shrubbier". Again I'll try to root the cuttings on for more plants. There is nothing more uplifting this time of year than the scarlet red branches of dogwood.

No frogs or frog spawn in the pond yet, but it won't be long now.


susan said...

Nice shots, it certainly does look spring-y.

I thought we were headed towards spring as well...until it started snowing a couple hours ago!

Joe said...

Nope, no frogs here!

Tink said...

The Corkscrew Hazel is amazing! Do you think that would grow in Florida?

Jay said...

Always love the shots of the garden. It's definitely spring here. Thunderstorms and tornado watches all around.

Peggy said...

Susan - sorry you've got more snow

Joe - You do have frogs, they're just frozen!

Tink - I bet it would grow in Florida. Ask your local garden centre dude. I put the Latin name in there too.

Jay - Glad you like the garden shots. No thunder or tornadoes here.

The mercury has just dropped. It's one of those nights where it could easily go snowy.

Ex-Shammickite said...

Oh you have snowdrops... how lovely. One of my favourite spring flowers. My neighbour's lawn is covered with them as soon as the snow melts. I'll post a photo when they are out..... it's all still very wintery here unfortunately.

claude said...

you do have a lovely garden. You can't be that very lazy! ;)

sally said...

Feels like spring here, but looks like winter. Oddly enough, our daffodils and crocuses started to come up around Christmas, but our cold snap halted their growth. Lovely pictures!

Anonymous said...

wow...i've never seen a dogwood with red bark apart from the one that was outside our back door in Fargo when I grew up. None of the dogwoods I've seen here have red bark. Wonder why?

great photos, kid!

xo, ma