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vanislander
(@vanislander)
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Winter seemed to go on for far too long, so now I am really starting to enjoy the signs of Spring we see in our yard. I realize that, living on the west coast, things are quite a bit milder here, so I hope those who are still in the grip of winter enjoy an opportunity to look forward to signs of Spring. I will share some of the photos I took over the past few days.

Even though it is still early days – we haven’t seen frost or snow for a while now - we’ve had plenty of rain! But as I like to say at this time of year (in this hemisphere) “Spring showers … bring … flowers”

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Almond tree couple of weeks ago (above) and yesterday (below)

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Bergenia, just starting to flower …

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And a neighbouring plant, after the deer had visited!

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Heather is thriving now, and we have very much of it around the yard.

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Pink heather above – and white heather below

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Our Australian mint bush was taken out of the greenhouse where it was beginning to flower, and is doing well outside in a pot. The tiny leaves have the strongest eucalyptus smell!

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The fragrance reminds me so much of Australia. ♥

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Posted : 30/03/2017 11:19 am
vanislander
(@vanislander)
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We have many varieties of Hellebore, which have been flowering even in the winter, but are so lovely right now. They really seem to thrive in a woodland garden and the deer don’t nibble on them.

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The lovely little white Trilliums are now starting to flower – they are native plants.

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And last, but not least, and sooo fragrant are the Hyacinths on our doorstep.

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Don’t you just love Spring?

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Posted : 30/03/2017 11:28 am
Bruce
(@bruce)
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Looks like the gardener is doing a great Job Van :)

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Posted : 30/03/2017 1:41 pm
Rick
 Rick
(@ricksterm)
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Great photos Van, what a lovely splash of colour to welcome the warmer days ahead!

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Posted : 30/03/2017 1:41 pm
joiibear
(@joiibear)

<span style="color: #BF00BF]Lovely photos ... fabulous garden, Lucky - a fragrant haven after the stormy blast of winter ">

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Posted : 31/03/2017 5:13 am
AussieAl
(@aussieal)
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Wonderful garden and plants, Van.

I can't wait to see more as your weather continues to warm up.

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Posted : 04/04/2017 5:36 pm
vanislander
(@vanislander)
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I'm still out in the garden taking photos between showers! I am amazed at all the varieties of Hellebore that we have. Some of them I don't notice as they hang their heads down, but I make a special effort to get the camera low enough to capture their lovely faces. They seem to thrive in our woodland garden.

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The more traditional Spring flowers are thriving too

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These primroses have been there for ages, and come back strong every year, it seems.

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It's nice to see the little periwinkle flowering beside the house - we have a whole bed of these that make a great ground cover.

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Violets are flourishing, everywhere. We have a few white ones, but I haven't seen them yet.

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We don't have a lot of daffodils - they prefer a sunnier location and the ones that were under the trees haven't done well. This one is sitting in front of a rhododendron that looks like it will bloom soon.

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Posted : 06/04/2017 9:15 am
vanislander
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There are some very large rhododendrons under the trees. One of my early flowering favourites is a very light yellow, and is not a hybrid but a species, called r lutescens - I think it must mean "light", because that's what it does - lights up that part of the garden. It has grown quite large over the years.

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The large-leafed shrub seen there is also a rhododendron, but it won't be flowering any time soon.

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These photos don't really do justice to the delicate luminescent flowers on this rhodo, but it is one I look forward to seeing every Spring.

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The other early Spring flowering rhododendron is a fairly common hybrid, this pink one (above) called "Christmas Cheer". It is a much more 'solid' flower, and it tolerates a fair bit of sun.

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The camellias are also just coming into bloom. I especially like the cream coloured one.

We saw magnolias blooming in the area too, but ours is a late bloomer. It will be a couple of weeks before I can post pics of those blooms. :rose:

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Posted : 06/04/2017 9:36 am
joiibear
(@joiibear)

<span style="color: #BF0080]Brilliant photos, Van, everything looks so fresh and new ">

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Posted : 27/04/2017 6:08 am
Lianne_gray
(@lianne_gray)
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Hey, it's lovely. Great to see those flowers blooming. Good job Van.

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Posted : 28/06/2017 3:12 pm