I was able to take this picture at almost 4 pm the other day. The days are definitely getting longer now, as of about a month ago it was practically dark at 4:30. This is a very exciting change! The garden behind the pond is pretty young since about a year and a half ago I took almost everything out and started over. I have been trying to stick to a plan and color scheme since and doing pretty well with it. So right now what is there is still on the small side.
Quite a few of the fish were swimming around, I was happy to find so many of our favorites still there. I know that at least a few are missing, another two were found dead in the pond the other day which seems strange. I'm not sure what has been happening with them. After all the years of having this pond it's extremely rare to just find a fish dead in the pond. There have been no signs of raccoons or any other wildlife in the pond. Very strange.
The Marsh Marigold has lots of new growth coming up. This usually blooms very early in spring.
Heuchera 'Autumn Bride' is looking great now. For being such a light colored Heuchera it has handled the sun very well.
This is looking out from the shed garden. This was all brand new last summer. There are quite a few evergreen plants in this area, although they are still quite small. I found many bulbs beginning to pop up in here. Now is the time I give my daughters warnings about where they are stepping while playing in the garden, "Lookout for bulbs!" I say as I see them running around. Somehow I doubt they remember and that's okay, they should enjoy the yard too ☺
Last fall I planted a deciduous Azalea 'Pink and Sweet' near the front of the shed, it's supposed to be very fragrant with pink flowers. I'm hoping it has some blooms this year. I can't wait to see how this all fills in as the year progresses.
The forecast calls for a sunny day tomorrow and I'm hoping I can finally get out in the garden and do some clean up. The winter interest isn't looking very interesting anymore and I think I may cut the butterfly bush back. Spring can't come soon enough!