Gardeners find joy in the little surprises that they find in their gardens. It may be a particular leaf texture, color or shape, a flower that you forget until it blooms each year, a composition that clicks or any number of little gifts that our gardens give us to rejuvinate our spirits. Maybe they just put a smile on our faces or make us exclaim, "how sweet." but these gifts of the garden are one of the reasons we do what we do. Here are a few of the happy surprises from my garden that made me happy to be outside again.
On February 18th I spotted my garden's first crocus of the season. These were inherited with the garden and bloom in a little piece of lawn that remains unmowed until the foliage ripens. The squirrels love to play with these for some reason. They don't seem to dig the bulbs but they tear the flowers apart.
The silly things are everywhere in my garden.
Saxifrage all made up with her winter rouge looks quite pretty today.
Yes, I will remove the tag from my Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' soon!
I'd purchased a Camellia s. 'Yuletide' before but it got a little more shade than they like and I thought it wouldn't bloom at all. The happy surprise I found was that while it didn't bloom in December or January, it has buds on it and will looks like it'll be joining the camellia Japonicas in their bloom time this year.
February 19 brought the first Camellia blooms. Always the first japonica in my garden to bloom is this very old bush that came with the house and has been snapped in half by snow just about every time we get more than a few inches. In spite of that, it keeps living and blooming.
Edgeworthia chrysantha made an appearance on the 19th as well.
The last thing that made me feel fortunate to garden where I do was this rose. Sure, it won't win any beauty contests but any rose blooming in February in my neck of the woods is a rare occurance!
I hope that even if your garden is still covered with snow, it's giving you happy surprises! Spring is just around the corner!