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Forsythia

Spring in the NorthWest is such a funny thing. It is both slow and sudden. Winter has casually hung on here, while much of the rest of the country has seen it claim February with a vengeance! We’re all mostly content with a mild, damp, coldish month, with the exception of poor BC where they’ve been desperate for snow and colder temps. As a winter sport comrade and devote, I feel their pain. And I feel the conflicted pain of crossing my fingers for cold weather to hold and more rain/snow to fall so that my upcoming snowboarding trip will be all I’m hoping for, but at the same time my flower loving nature is so excited by the hydrangea buds, cherry blossoms and daffodils that have burst open after the last two days of glorious sunshine and 60 degree weather. Continue reading

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Bulbs

noun :
Botany.
a. a usually subterranean and often globular bud having fleshy leaves emergent at the top and a stem reduced to a flat disk, rooting from the underside, as in the onion and lily.
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Salix discolor [Pussy Willow]

As January rushes past with a blur of wind and rain, and the occasional leftover dead leaf, a few hints of life greet us, reminding us the sun hasn’t really forsaken us, and that flowers are soon to be upon us. I am a Winter lover: naked trees, bright green grass, though slightly downtrodden, and cloud filtered daylight actually bring me joy and a sense satisfaction… there is a subtly complex beauty in the network of tree branches the way they are visible in Winter that I can stare at for hours. I so enjoy them that I do not spend Winter depressed and pining for flowers.

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