Equinox

20 Mar

Primula

Today is ‘officially’ the first day of spring and to celebrate I went out yesterday to take photos. (Yesterday morning was sunny, while today heavy rains and gusts are slamming western Washington.) Both day and night are equal today and from here on out days will only get longer. This is what both gardeners and plants dream of during the long, cold nights of winter. It’s also Persian New Year – Happy Nowruz!

A freebie Anemone coronaria blooming again this year.

A freebie Anemone coronaria blooming again this year.

I took home three freebie Anemone coronaria about three years ago and planted them with the Muscari armeniacum patch in the south bed of the front garden. Their return in spring every year always surprising, but delightful. Though only one came up this year and I think it maybe the, now drift, Muscari is choking them out. Either way I hope this one sticks around.

It’s amazing what a little bit of warmth and sun can do in the garden. For the past week we’ve been having warmer temperatures, scattered showers, and sun breaks here and there. These conditions encourage sleeping perennials to push up out of the ground and leafy weeds to flourish. Remember Primula denticulata in my last post? The flowers were all huddling in its clentched leaves for warmth, but now there are multiple wands of soft lilac pompoms raising up above fresh lettucy leaves – scrumptious!

Primula denticulata in bloom with more inflorescences on the way.

Primula denticulata in bloom with more inflorescences on the way.

I need to rush off to work, so it’ll be a short post today. But here are a few more photos:

Anemone sylvestris stretching up and out of the ground.

Anemone sylvestris stretching up and out of the ground.

Two of the many daffodils to come.

Two of the many daffodils to come.

Here is my small patch of Viola odorata 'Queen Charlotte' in full bloom.

Here is my small patch of Viola odorata ‘Queen Charlotte’ in full bloom.

See you next time!

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