Yellow cheerfulness and charm on a rainy, grey March weekend.
One small pot of irises in bloom eases the pain of another snow storm.
A brief respite from this nasty winter, which returned with snow flurries the next morning.
"For those who find the winter a difficult season to get through, snowdrops in the green are a must in your garden. They are one of the very first things to emerge and one of the loveliest New Year vases to have at your bedside" (Sarah Raven).
I don't have snowdrops growing in my garden so I can't lift bulbs or cut flowering stalks to enjoy on a table indoors, but I can and do enjoy them just as much in neighbourhood gardens and in the wild.
The next group of photos were taken during a snowdrop seeking expedition on Little Mountain in Chilliwack, British Columbia in mid-February.
On a recent Sunday afternoon walk, we stopped and gathered fallen leaves under the red canopy of this gorgeous Japanese Maple — my favourite cultivar, which I've yet to identify, but know immediately by sight.
A rich, autumn palette
No question, no hesitation -- I'm supporting this new book project by master gardener and author, Gayla Trail: Grow Curious -- Creative Activities to Cultivate Joy, Wonder, and Discovery in You and your Garden.
Small and slow: my strategy for restoring the balcony garden.
The first additions (clockwise from top): Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Rashamiba', Podocarpus alpinus 'Red Tip', Ilex crenata 'Dwarf Pagoda'.
Blossoms in order of appearance (from late February to late March, 2016):
1) 'Accolade' cherry blossoms, early bloom stage. 2) Plum blossoms. 3) ‘Beni-shidare’ (also known as ‘Pendula Rosea’) 4) 'Akebono' cherry blossoms. 5) Prunus yedoensis 'Somei-yoshino' blossoms 6) 'Yae-beni-shidare' cherry blossoms.