But here on Vancouver Island, February is one of the months I most enjoy, because most years it is when spring emerges. And that is certainly the case this year. I began capturing a few 'spring is almost here' photos about ten days ago - shoots poking through last fall's leaves, leaf buds swelling on the Indian plum trees, trees heavy with catkins or fuzzy pussywillow-type buds, crocuses poking their heads up, and of course the snowdrops in full bloom.
|The first new growth appears through old leaves|
|Fluffy buds on a magnolia tree|
|Indian Plum, one of the first bushes to come into leaf here.|
But before I could even get around to editing those photos and blogging about spring, those spring signs grew and blossomed exponentially, and more appeared - swelling daffodil buds (and one wide open in a friend's garden), periwinkle blossoms, perennial herbs emerging in the pots on my patio, magnolias about to burst into flower, an early rhodo showing its red tips, new red growth on the photinia shrubs, a lone anenome in my garden.
|Oregano, chives, parsley and mint|
And today still more - green leaves opening on the lilacs and hydrangea and willows, an iris in full bloom in my garden.
|First iris of spring in my garden|
It's hard to finish up other blogs I have stacking up, when spring is calling out my name.