Just a few days into April, and there are small signs of growth – new leaves, new buds – appearing everywhere. Here’s a tour of some of the signs I saw today.
The wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), under the cherry tree, has new leaves just emerging from the ground.
My two Dog Hobbles (Leucothoe fontaneiana) on the side of the house took some damage from rain coming off the roof here, despite the gutter we added last year. They lived up to their evergreen reputation, though, and now have some small buds appearing.
The small Cliff Green (Paxistima canbyi) is also showing tiny buds.
And here are two non-natives that bring in the spring with early flowers: Candy Tuft, out in my south-facing street bed: and Heath, bringing a touch of color between our Alaskan Weeping Cedar trees on the northwest side of our house.