Spring, part 1

Everything seemed to align perfectly: sunshine, very warm weather, the weekend, and the first day of spring.


I got outside with the camera to celebrate.

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It's been so long since I've been able to just take photos in the garden for their own sake -- no projects to document, nothing in particular to talk about at all. I really enjoyed it!

Ninebark leafing out

Columbine captures water drops from last evening's rain.

Spirea 'Goldflame' I think.

Dicentra, the earliest of my perennials

Forsythia, which I will probably remove this year.

Monarda (bee balm) which I haven't yet removed completely.

Fargesia 'Rufa' bamboo shoot.

Pine sap mimics dew drops.

Coreopsis 'Zagreb'

Unknown small volunteer tree. I need to ID this one sometime.


Thank you sunshine, and thank you for finally getting here spring!

(If you liked these I've got some good news: more tomorrow!)

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Cat  – (March 21, 2011 at 8:22 AM)  

Yeah spring!! I spent time with my camera yesterday too. As the gardening chores were being accomplished, I was constantly distracted by the beauty and of course, needed to document it! Beautiful shots Alan.

Christine  – (March 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM)  

Lovely photos, I particularly like the Spirea 'Goldflame'. Looking forward to seeing more tomorrow!

Gerhard Bock  – (March 21, 2011 at 9:47 AM)  

Beautiful photos! I looked at your weather, and it's in the 80s?!? Is that normal for this time of year? Didn't you just have snow last week?

Alan  – (March 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM)  

80's isn't normal -- it's too warm -- but it does happen a lot. Some springs we seem to go from 60's directly to 80's, which is a bit too chilly to a bit too warm, and we miss the pleasant 70's completely.

For times when the temps fluctuate wildly, it all depends on which side of the Jet Stream we end up on. It fluctuates over us here a lot.

anne  – (March 21, 2011 at 10:03 AM)  

I didn't realize how much earlier your plants leaf out or bloom than they do here. We are expecting colder weather for the next 10 days so I don't think a lot will happen until April..

Steve  – (March 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM)  

Yea, that Jet stream often produces a 20F average differential in temperature between where I'm at and your location and your plants are showing it very well.

I'm just impressed that your area can get as cold as it does here with major freezes despite being that much warmer on average.

Alan  – (March 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM)  

Spring is the crazy weather time here for sure. Quite unpredictable in the long term. Even though it's warm now, our "last frost date" is listed as around May 7.

Steve  – (March 21, 2011 at 5:15 PM)  

Our last frost is also supposed to be around then, but last year, there was a freeze all the way towards the end of May which caused a lot of damage, even to the local tree leaves which are supposed to be adapted to this climate. Anyways I don't mind it staying in the 30s & 40s until May because I want don't want to lose my best shoots again.

Owen  – (March 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM)  

Spring! I've been out with my camera a bit. Here in SC, it's been warm enough for shorts and t-shirts a few days. And flip-flops, if I could find mine.

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