I wish I had some flowers to take pictures of, but the snow and cold last week pretty much took care of them for now. I'm glad I planted Pansies and Violas around so at least they add a little color outside.
This was surprising, one of the Hellebores has buds on it already. I wonder how long until it blooms?
The path nice and tidy after raking and sweeping. I found some Crocuses that were beginning to sprout. While I was raking up the front part I smelled the mint scent of the Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) ground cover. It grows very easily here between stepping stones and is a nice surprise to smell when you walk on it.
My favorite purple Violas blooming next to the deck.
A fairy dancing near a waterfall.
For as much work as this Ponderosa Pine gives us, I just love the bark on it. A flock of Bushtits sat high up in it a few days ago eating small green cones and dropping them all over the deck. The squirrels also love to eat the green cones, but they usually chew little branches off too and drop them around the yard. An Oakleaf Hydrangea is growing next to it, anything that can grow under a pine tree is very tough.
Another fairy relaxing in Sweet Pea's fairy garden. This fairy moved here from the Hocking Hills of Ohio when Lona sent her to my girls. Looks like she's made friends with a yellow snake and blue frog.
And because I know it will be awhile before I see many flowers outside, I decided to try an Amaryllis again this year. After watching Kathleen showing her's blooming on her blog I just couldn't resist. I planted one called 'Cinderella'. I have a feeling that I may end up buying more, I just miss seeing flowers blooming too much.