My Pieris japonica 'Purity' is full of flower buds that will open to show beautiful white flowers in spring.
Rhododendrons are getting their flowers set so we can enjoy the gorgeous reds and purples they share in spring.
Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis) have new growth coming up already and I even see flower buds in some of them, which does actually seem a little early. The Corsican Hellebores (Helleborus corsicus) are beginning to form flower buds as well.It's these promises from the garden that will get me through the months of winter. I just hope that we don't have a winter that will cause any of my plants to break their promise.
I've finished planting my bulbs and have made the squirrels promise they won't dig them up. So far they are keeping it, although they wouldn't put anything in writing. I kept a promise to myself that I would get those bulbs planted this fall and I don't want them interfering with my vision of pretty groupings of tulips, crocuses and alliums in spring.