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SPRING IS SPRINGING!

It’s raining!  But, then, we DO live in Seattle, where it’s supposed to be raining all the time.  You do know that that is a lie, right?  And THAT is NOT “fake news”.

In fact, yesterday it was quite nice.  In the 50’s, with sun shining and an invitation screaming at me to get out onto the garden terraces.  img_6061So, of course I went, iPod camera in hand in order to capture some more of those early appearances!  As you can see, the gardens are subdued from a distance, but that will change SOON!

The first thing I saw was a ROBIN! img_6058 I am from the Northeastern corner of this great country, so to me, a robin is a true harbinger of spring!  In Seattle however, they tend to be here all the time.  But, I don’t care.  I’ll still assume s/he was chirping to me the happy news that Spring is about here.  I hope that makes you as happy as it does me.

As I wandered around the terraces, I saw rose buimg_6043shes with new growth bursting forth at the end of each branch or where ever else they felt like coming.  One rose (actually a few) had had an early spring/late winter pruning and looked a bit sparse, but give them a week or so, and it will have a ton of those red buds as well. img_6052

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Bulbs, both large and small, were sending up their tendrils of leaves, reaching for the sun and getting ready to form a bud or two. img_6036 Some of them already had!  Oh, joy!

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There were helebores still showing their lovely blooms, which had been showing all winter, but are even more lovely now.  Legend has it that they are the tears of a girl who had come to see the Christ Child, but had no gift.  That is one of the reasons some folks call this the Christmas Rose, even though it has NO relation to any rose you or I know!

Ib’s decorative Kale is a spectacular eye catcher.  It stands a few feet tall…and begs to be noticed, which img_6054of course, it is!

As big as the kale is, there are also tiny sprouts making their unobtrusive appearance.img_6049

By time June rolls around, the gardens will be full of color and ready to welcome you to our Garden Tours and Presentations.  Stay tuned!img_6035

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Oh, yes!  There is hope and renewal in the garden…everyone’s garden.  I took these pictures of our gardens just this week.  Go and look for yourselves!

Some things never died back.

img_6014 Some things are budding and preparing to burst forth.img_6015img_6017

Branches are forming.

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I noticed one of the roses (in fact the one pictured) has a plastic label around the stem.  It is too tight.  It has obviously been on there for a few years.  It’s time to cut it off.  Remember, even plastic will strangle a plant.  Cut those labels off as soon as you notice they are getting a bit tight.  But, goodness, look at those new stems just itching to get longer!!

Bulbs are pushing up toward the sun.img_6021

Have you begun checking out the gardening catalogues yet?  They are full of colorful ideas.  You don’t have to buy anything…just enjoy making plans!

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