Thursday, February 11, 2010

First Flowers of the Year


It was cold gathering them, and I was dodging raindrops...but the first blooms are opening in the yard and I wanted to share them with all my sister Persephones in the white winterland....
Helebore, viburnum, forsythia, daffodil, violet, and one sole vinca....how they gladden the heart!

21 comments :

Amy said...

I cant even imagine flowers blooming in February. It was 12 degrees this morning on my way to work.
A funny story for you... We lived in very northern California (near Mt. Shasta) until I was 10 and then we moved to South Dakota. As a young girl I always thought of my birthday at the very end of March as being in the spring/summer...until we moved to SD. My first birthday after we moved, I think we had a blizzard and over 12inches of snow.
Maybe someday I will move back to a more temperate climate.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Oh my they are gorgeous!

Marty52 said...

Oh, wowzers... spring has sprung in Allie's garden! I do love violets so.

Judy S. said...

Wow, Allie, I can't believe how much more you have in bloom than we do, and I thought we were far ahead of normal. A couple hundred miles makes a difference, I guess!

Dena said...

What a beautiful arrangement and so early too. We have an annual tulip festival in April and this year we may celebrate without tulips because they are all breaking ground now. LOL

Debra said...

Everything looks so dead here-we don't even have snow to cover the brown ground. Pretty bleak with brown palm trees too--it's going to be an expensive spring replacing landscaping from the freezes.

Nice you have some spring color already@

FredaB said...

Allie the flowers are beautiful. The way you have them arranged look like a painting. I think you have more blooming there then we have in Florida. It has been in the 50's for over a week and more to come. Freezing some places at night but still better then the snow up north.

Hugs

FredaB

FredaB

Barbara C said...

Oh, you have a lot of violets. They're so lovely, and how nice to have them bloom so early in the year.

Rose said...

Nice blog. Like the painting of flowers on your blog. Keep up the good work.

Threadspider said...

Glorious sight-warms the heart Allie.

Karen South said...

Shocking! Flowers at this time of year. LOL too much snow to even dream of them yet.

Maureen said...

Thanks for the hope of Spring to come Allie. The first time I visited WA state, I was amazed to see philodendron and other tropical plants growing in the gardens in the Seattle area.

Lisa said...

How gorgeous! We are still buried in snow and months from even the hardiest flowers blooming, so seeing your delights is a balm to the spirit!

Raspberry said...

They're lovely! I was expecting crocuses, and I thought, wow, what a warm winter she must be having! :)

Plays with Needles said...

Only you, dear Allie, would have flowers blooming in February...It's magical there in Washougal...I still have a vision of you turning circles, staring heavenward in a field full of flowers!

Your arrangement rivals Mrs. Delany, Mrs. Aller!

Granny Fran said...

Thanks for reminding me how they look!

Rian said...

Mother Nature really knew what She was doing when She created flowers. I love wildflowers and the California Poppies are just starting to pop up on roadsides everywhere. Soon the hills will be painted with streaks of orange. And citron yellow from the mustard, and soft blue from the lupine. Spring is coming!!

Terri said...

Lovely thing to see, it's still the dead of winter here!

Summerset said...

Really?!? Flowers? They are amazing!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Austin has been gloomy and freezing for weeks, and I can't imagine Tallahassee having snow - wish I were there with my son! Those flowers are gorgeous - now it's time to replicate them on a quilt block.

Deb H said...

Seriously??!! Flowers outside in Feb? In WA? I'm shocked!!!