Yesterday we had a bit of a break in the weather. After days of snow, wind, hail, occasional sunbreaks and rain we finally had a dry day. Still cold, but nice enough to get back out and see if anything new was making it's way back for spring. Sometimes I have to look really hard to see what might not be very obvious at first glance.
I've been keeping an eye on my lavatera 'Barnsley'. It really has taken a beating this winter. It's normal for it to die back a bit, but this year I found pieces of the trunk literally falling off. Normally the new leaves sprout from the branches that I have cut back. This year it's been obvious that wasn't going to happen.
I hope it will have time to get as big and full of blooms as it has in the past.
I saw that the camellia japonica 'Marie Bracey' is showing a little pink through the buds. Maybe I'll see some flowers soon!
The polygonatum or Solomon's Seal is making it's way back up too. This poor guy gets stepped on almost every year and I hardly get to enjoy it. I made a point of showing my daughter where it was in hopes she will avoid that area. I'm thinking about putting stakes and a little string to "rope off the area" like you would around a sculpture or something important. Whatever it takes to protect my plants.
Here is the cimicifuga 'Altropurpurea' or Bugbane just returning. I can't wait for this one to reach it's full potential. It has beautiful chocolate brown/purple foliage and tall spikes of white flowers in late summer. The scent is supposed to keep bugs away, I've never noticed much of a smell from it.
I see that the currant 'Wilder Red' is also forming buds for the currants that we'll have this summer. I was surprised that the birds left it alone last year, the currants were pretty good.
I've also found that the hostas are pushing through as well. I've been lucky that the slugs don't bother them much. I've lost track of all the hostas I've got growing. I like to divide them and move them around quite a bit.
I'm glad I took the time to look just a little closer yesterday!