Top: The new basket of silk flowers I made for my porch wall.
Spring is showing her signs; here are a few clues she left around here this week.
My forsythia is rather tame this year. I use it in my business all year long, especially the longer stems. I love forsythia when it is allowed to grow willy-nilly and has long, graceful, arching branches. Since I cut mine in the fall, there are not any longer ones left, but the small yellow blooms are most cheerful on a February day. Daffodils are another favorite this time of year. I don't have many in bloom yet, but these few are enough of a promise that spring is just around the corner. Soon they will be joined by tulips and grape hyacinths, which entwine with the fragrant rosemary in the flower bed. Violets are already leafing out and soft, deep, velvety purple blossoms will appear before too long.
Last year I wrote about the wisteria that grows all over this area, hanging pendulously from the trees. You requested photos - and this year I will deliver! As soon as the wisteria and azaleas and dogwood are in full bloom, my camera and I will go on a pilgrimage, to find the best examples for you. I promise!