|Note- new olive tree in the background, swaddled for winter.|
Just last week I was admiring the blooms on a client's deep-red camellia, and the daffodils are sooo close to opening.
For the most part I'm not worried about a late frost, as it's too soon for us to have un-winterized anything like the water spigots outside.
I will admit to some concern about my prized peach fan, and the just-emerging leaves of my treasured raspberries. The raspberries less so, they will grow more leaves if these are damaged. But early-blooming fruit trees are always a gamble against late frosts, as that short period of bloom secures the potential summer harvest. I haven't the heart to check my espalier pear yet, it almost always blooms the same time as the peach... and the peach was showing its fat pink-tipped buds the other day. Fingers crossed.
Many plants were lured into emerging from dormancy after some pleasant weather earlier this month. Daffodils were already 4-5 inches out of the ground when we returned from our long trip in late January.
The poor winter-blooming heath was in mid-bloom when the unusual snow and ice arrived this week.
One standout shrub, overlooked, in early spring: Berberis darwinii, wow. The contrast of that mango-orange blooms and deep pink pedicels, against the backdrop of shiny black-green leaves.
I'm not usually an advocate of "poke-y" plants (holly, barberry, yucca, etc) since I end up maintaining the painful things. But if you have room for a tall hedgerow, or a steep slope where no people will likely need access, this plant can really highlight your February landscape. It also provides nicely for wildlife.
Finally, when the weather is uncooperative for gardening, take time to step back and appreciate something special.... like the tidepools I was able to explore on an extremely scoured-out winter beach after very high and minus tides last week. Exploring these sculptural gardens and natural water features was something special indeed.
|Lincoln City tidepools, just south of the D River|