So, I finally got one of those pine -scented air fresheners for my car that everyone has been talking about! I thought I wouldn't like it but surprisingly, the scent was light, fresh, and remarkably realistic.
I love conifers but don't have a lot of them in my small garden. It never occured to me when I visited Vassey Nursery over the weekend that I'd be bringing home something with needles. (perhaps an especially nice acupuncturist but a small tree/shrub, probably not.
So there we were in the conifer section of Vassey and I heard my name being whispered from afar.
Could it have been pinus thunbergii whose cone clusters always bring a smile to my face? No, this was not the one.
Then it happened our eyes met and it was love at first sight. Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' was standing there looking a little shy, with luxurious long bluish needles held in tufts. It was like a teddy bear. Who could resist?
Weeping Acer palmatums have wonderful multi-season interest!
Prunus incisa 'Little Twist' has interesting zig gagging branches.
Or you could just look at this picture that I borrowed from Skagit Gardens' site.
These nice-sized fatsia japonicas in two gallon pots were only twenty-five bucks. You can never have too many of these!
Chickens crossed with herons? Whatever these are, they're interesting.
One of my favorite spring flowers is pulmonaria or lungwort. They have beautiful foliage and cool flowers that begin life as vibrant pink and then change to this intense blue color. The bloom at the same time as daffodils here so the combination of blue and yellow is delightful, especially under my big dark pink camellia japonica whose falling petals create a pink carpet for the daffodils and pulmonairas.
Hope you are finding lots of treasures popping up in your garden and at nurseries. If youre garden is still beneath snow, spring will soon be here!