Signs of Spring

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Well, well, well. It’s about Blooming Time! I think most of us were beginning to think that spring would never show up, but slowly it has been creeping up on us. Where ever you garden, there are certain signs that signal spring has arrived. Some things get fooled, like snow covered crocus, but others never do.

Growing native on our hillsides is Balsam. When bright yellow daisy like flowers sprinkle the wild hills you know spring is here and there will be no going back.

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BALSAM / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Another native surefire is our Saskatoon shrubs. They may not bloom for very long as the first strong wind usually has it’s way with them, but while blooming they are gorgeous.

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SASKATOON / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Our native Oregon Grape comes alive covered in bright sulphur yellow flower clusters which the bees favor.

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OREGON GRAPE / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Purple grape hyacinths are one of the first bulbs to flower here along with crocus of course. Left to themselves these will naturalize throughout your garden over time.

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GRAPE HYACINTH / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Wild violets self sow themselves in all the nooks and crannies.

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VIOLETS / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Corydalis Lutea goes from zero to sixty in about 2 weeks and is one of the most interesting of all the spring blooms.

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CORYDALIS LUTEA / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Carex, is a very early grass forming a low, neat clump which blooms extra early.

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CAREX / SENSIBLE GARDENIING AND LIVING

You will never fool a peony, they have lived in the North far too long. This is an Itoh peony with new growth forming from the base.

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ITOH PEONY / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

What would a spring be without jolly-jump-ups literally jumping up all over the garden.

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JOLLY JUMP UPS / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Donkey tail spurge is another extra early perennial for the spring garden boasting that delightful shade of sulphur yellow. Great for the dry garden, just be careful around the caustic sap it carries in its stem.

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DONKEY TAIL SPURGE / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Not to be forgotten are the honey bees. You cannot trick a bee into thinking it’s spring until it really is. Warmth and sun will bring them out of their winter hive in droves.

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BEE HIVE / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

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