This year, however, I find myself more than ever fighting January and anticipating April. I can't wait for it. I look for signs everywhere, every bud on every tree, looking for new growth below the surface of the dirt. I realize I'm early, but I want to be outside with my plants. It's almost painful NOT to be.
What I do then to curb my plant lust when my garden looks like the Arctic tundra is walk. A lot. And take pictures of nature, and keep walking. This post is about a special walk I took on my birthday a couple of weeks back. I had the day off and went for my regular hike up to Mount Tabor and took photos along the way, looking for living things, signs of Spring.
Along the way, I spotted some smartly pruned evergreens. Pruned green things always cheer me up.
So do fuzzy pussywillow-ish things.
Here's the same roof top Opuntia that Danger Garden blogged about here. The funny (or weird) thing is we took this pic I believe on the same day, maybe only minutes apart...and I took it for her! Hahah...so strange...
Nice use of a former birdbath.
This just made me happy.
This is a fairly new garden after a new rock wall went in recently. Nice.
My beloved local park. A real volcano, too!
At the base of my favorite tree, another offering to the faeries.
A memorial for a dead bird near the same tree.
Then, off to a trip to Portland Nursery. It was my birthday, after all, I needs me some conifers and friends!
The Hellebores are always lovely this time of year. I did end up buying one, a Hellebore 'Cinnamon Snow'. First one I've ever purchased...hoping it does well.
I love the crispness of white and green this time of year.
Another birthday present....LOVE this!
Isn't it sexy??
And the perfect way to end what turned out to be a wonderful January day...a homemade gluten-free orange cake made by my mom...delicious.
Cake helps to drive away Wintertime blues. And plants. I highly recommend both in whatever form you can find!