February usually blesses those of us in the Pacific Northwest with a few days of blue sky and sunshine. Days that wet our appetites for the coming spring. Days that draw out the gardeners to dig in the moist cool soil. Days that reveal little by little more of the Earth’s response to the Sun in a beautiful display of early flowers and birdsong. The past few days have been those kinds of days and each day it is a delight to go outside for a walk to seek out whatever new signs there are of Winter giving way to Spring.
The Skunk Cabbage is beginning to bloom in Fauntleroy Creek Park.
The Daphne is opening up and perfuming the air with its intoxicating scent. I spend long moments, my head buried in these plants breathing deep breaths of pure scented beauty.
The crocuses are opening.
The daffodils are cheerfully dancing in the breezes.
The Snowdrops gather in clumps of adorable white and green and are joined with a splash of color from a single mystery bloom.
More and more bright colored primroses are showing up in yards around the neighborhood, including mine!
In the past several days I’ve discovered a number of first blooms on many of my most loved late winter plants. I’ve heard Chickadees, Wrens, Song Sparrows, Hummingbirds and several other birds singing their love songs. I’ve watched honey bees come out to dance around rosemary blossoms. And, most amazingly, I came across a group of seven goslings! Yes, Spring is indeed in the Air!