Here we are, already March 4th! While spring certainly feels like it is a long ways away (a possibility of snow and ice here in Portland this last weekend and temps turned chilly) I’m rejoicing in the few signs of life I've recently discovered. For me reaching March is a mental milestone, it just gets better from here!
Every year the Veratrum californicum are the first thing to push out of the ground (I grow no daffodils, tulips or crocus). I think last year there were only two, so three is fabulous!
The Eremurus is also bulking up, hopefully at least a couple will have blooms.
There are also signs of spring in my basement (how many people can say that?)! One cold night in January I left my Bocconia frutescens outside, temps got much lower than predicted. The foliage was toast and perhaps the plant too (only hardy to 25-30F, and that’s when it’s in the ground). I chopped it back and stuck it in the basement. Look!
Lots of new growth…
The Erythrina crista-galli (Cockspur Coral Tree) has been in the basement too, I cut it back last fall when it went dormant and just hoped to keep the plant alive. Looks like it is!
One more basement oddball. I stuffed this container of Canna tubers on the bottom shelf in December, before the super cold temps, just hoping to keep it from freezing. Then I forgot about it…oh spring, hurry up!
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