Finally had myself a leisurely stroll through the garden.
Amazing what one can see when it is not
My old friends are reappearing ...
it's so good to see them!
so I made the rounds, said a few hellos, took their portraits.
Both the white & red flowering currants are already near to bursting,
important for the hummers who have little else to feed on when they arrive
[which should be any day now].
I did spy the first pair of tree swallows this afternoon, a sure sign
that spring is winging in ...
Call me a plant nerd, but I have an enormous soft spot for clematis and
how they appear to regenerate new limbs from
absolutely dead-looking wooden stems ... it's a wonder
and I marvel at the process every year.
And I also marvel at this beauty, the evergreen Clematis 'Snowdrift'
for she's scented
and this year she's almost covered the arbor ... standing under there
is going to be something quite close to heaven itself.
A BIG welcome back to my reliable dye friends, too ... rose leaves,
and my dear old scrubby friend, the native willow
who generously gave me such deep, rich color last fall.
More on that story will follow
because although my friends here have been laying dormant all winter,
I have not.
I've been finishing a few things and that feels mighty good ...