Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9:30 – 5:00
Spring begins way earlier around here than most people think. We who look at plants, however, find all kinds of color and activity by February. Dozens of plants are flowering or sprouting new growth in the gray coolness. The native osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis) becomes a haze of chartreuse this month, just before it opens its clusters of white flowers. The flowering currants (Ribes sanguineum) are blooming in warm spots, in shades of pink and red. Few people seem to notice this early beauty, but the hummingbirds visit every flower.
Among non-natives, there are dozens of early risers. The handsome and deservedly common Viburnum tinus, flowering since fall, is building to a fragrant spring climax with abundant clusters of pink-budded white flowers. Hellebores are reaching full bloom as well, in elegantly muted shades of pink, purple and greenish white. In dappled shade, Crocus tomasinianus, only a few inches high, spreads carpets of lavender with the vivid magenta of early cyclamen. Various Sarcococca waft a rich fragrance from the barely-seen white flowers under their handsome leaves. More perfume, this like lemon candy, comes from the bushy honeysuckle Lonicera standishii.
Out in the sun (whenever it shows) various manzanitas (Arctostaphylos) dangle clusters of pink or white lanterns. They are joined by orange and red grevilleas and the early blue flowers of rosemary.
With these seasonal charms displayed against a backdrop of of varied evergreen foliage, there is no ‘dead of winter’ in the garden. If you are short on either seasonal color or evergreens, don’t miss our sale.
-Everything will be 30% off.
-The sale is one day only.
-Yes, we will have cookies!