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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In the Garden /// Signs of Spring.....?


Here on the southern most west coast of BC, on Vancouver Island, we enjoy some of the mildest temperatures in Canada. And in what should be the dead of winter, it always amazes me how early the first signs of spring appear. I've been walking more (a lot more actually, thanks to the rampant spread of Fitbit contagion that's taken hold of my friends and I), and walking more means peaking at gardens while on foot -- which I'll admit, as a gardener and lover of all things that grow, happens to be one of my favorite things.


In our little garden we've been enjoying the most brilliant and unexpected display from our 2 hellebores. This being our first over-winter for the garden we planted, I was totally surprised that these understated plants bloom in the middle of winter! What a treat!


Also our chives are coming up, which is always a sign I need to dust off my food growing skills.


And then late in the season last year, on a whim, I broadcast some poppy seeds. I just love seeing the fuzzy little buds on these guys.

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If you are enduring a seriously cold winter I promise I'm not trying to rub spring in your face, I know how lucky I am and maybe you could live vicariously through me until the ground thaws where you are 

8 comments:

  1. I got a fitbit, too! I'm totally addicted. Your hellbores are beautiful, and how wonderful to have some fresh, homegrown chives.

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    1. Isn't it SO addictive! About half of my friends got Fitbits for Christmas and I was feeling so left out, I was dying to get in on the Fitbit fun, lol. I was using the pedometer on my phone and loving it and how much it challenged me. I finally broke down and bought the Fitbit One and can't say enough good things about it. Which one do you have?

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  2. Yup! My camellia just started blooming and it's both surreal and amazing to see spring so early, even though I grew up on the island. Enjoy watching spring pop up!

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    1. Isn't it! I've lived here long enough that it shouldn't come as a surprise, but every year, it does!

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  3. Love love love your garden/plant photos!

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    1. Thanks Sharon! I never know if I'm putting knitters to sleep with my garden posts, your encouragement means a lot!

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  4. gorgeous photos!! one of my friends spotted actual cherry blossoms the other day - marvellous! :) I have yet to see blossoms of any kind in my neighbourhood but they can't be that far off - it has been so mild hasn't it? :) I did see a fat brown bunny this morning, which to me, is a SURE sign of spring - next up, tiny bunnies! LOL ^__^

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    1. I saw cherry blossoms just the other day! It stopped me dead in my tracks!! I love it :)

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