The sun warmed things up nicely today, the temperature climbing into the high forties. Nearly all of the garden is still covered with snow, but I put on my boots and Ed and I walked the garden paths anyway. The snow is shrinking away, and you can see at the base of the Russian sage in the center of the garden square that buds are popping where they were covered with snow. This is a well timed reminder for me that snow is so good for perennial plants here.
Russian sage with it's gray foliage and lavender flowers is a favorite plant . It has the center spot in the garden square for that reason. All this new growth is very encouraging. With luck it will make a great centerpiece for the garden. It's off to great start!