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Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap day -

Since the 29th of February only happens every four years, it seems appropriate to at least acknowledge it... To commemorate, I took a quick walk out in the yard in a bout of glorious February sunshine to see what is blooming at the very end of the month...


The violets have just started emerging in quantity. Since they are a pleasant, early, edible blossom (and huge Vitamin C- leaf content. Good in salads) I encourage their spread. I think I have at least 5 varieties in various parts of the yard.


The hellebores are fading away..


The pink and burgundy ones are my favorites. They provide such welcome color in the least effusive time of the year...


And the crocuses! The crocuses are out everywhere - golds, whites, lavenders and the deepest purple spread in drifts in beds all across the neighborhood. This is rather late for them, but it has been a colder winter than normal so I guess they are emerging more slowly.

Now that I'm back inside, the latest batch of storm clouds are rolling in 'grey and lowering'. But at least I have photographs of my crocuses glowing in the ephemeral sunshine to keep me company in the studio...

[Studio countdown: 2 covers 80% finished. Can I get them out by Saturday? 3 more to start immediately upon their completion].

9 comments:

weirdbunny said...

Our seasons must be inline with each other, as I have the same flowers in my garden. Where are your dafodils, haven't you planted any ?

TAMY & the SGT said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOH pretty! I won't see mine until late April up here in the U.P.

dinahmow said...

O! Tara! Was this post a "special" for me, in my violet-and-crocus-starved tropical paradise?
Whether or not, thankyou.And yesterday, I found some violet incense, the first I've been able to buy for over a year!

Rebecca Bush said...

Hi Tara,
Thanks for the leap year flowers. We have yards full of crocus here too- so lovely in the afternoon sun last week-- I took a photo to taunt my sister with (one in Michigan snow, the other in non-seasonal Orange County).

cinderelly said...

my first crocus came up too...i get excited when i see the first one, 'cause it means winter's almost done! i spotted a big fat daffodil bud this morning! sorry to hear you were so sick.

Elizabeth said...

The hellebore is quite lovely.
I've never grown them but one day I will.
glad you are feeling better.

natural attrill said...

Good luck with your deadlines! I've got 4 kids books to illustrate at the moment, finished one, 3 to go, seems never ending.
Lovely flowers.
P.x

clairesgarden said...

beautiful, glad your day contained sunshine and flowers!

leslie said...

What fabulous photos!
Thank you Spring Sprite!