It looks like some of us Pacific Northwesteners on our way to setting another weather related record. This January is on it's way to becoming the warmest January on record. During this past summer we hit the hottest day ever recorded in Seattle, then this past December we had record setting lows when an Arctic blast came through. While it's been kind of nice to have such a mild winter, I also know that many plants here need that winter chill to help set buds. We also need the cold to help get rid of many garden pests. I'm going to be very interested to see what this Spring brings.
Last year the iris reticulata was blooming on the first day of Spring. Now it's almost in bloom and Spring is still a ways off.
I don't think I'll get tired of looking at this 'Royal Heritage' variation. As the sun has been out, they have been lifting their faces more. I think this is my favorite flower picture of the year so far.
One of the Hellebores in my front yard seems to have perked up since I cut away the old foliage. It's flowers are beginning to lift up as well.Seeing all this new growth and flowers has gotten me to thinking about starting to stock up on my fertilizer of choice: compost! There have been years I was too busy to have a chance to get a nice layer of it in my garden, but after seeing what a big difference it makes I'm already planning on when I will start to get some of that black gold into my garden.
Fertilizer Friday is hosted each Friday by Tootsie at Tootsie Time. Visit her to see what she's got happening in her garden or greenhouse as well as other gardeners from all over.