A close look in the garden reveals blooms and more

Written by Doug Oster on .

Despite the weather, plants are sprouting, buds are swelling and flowers are blooming. If you look close, there's already beauty in the garden.

I had fun in the garden looking for early plants. This is when we write down what's blooming or where we need blooms so we know for planting season.

blog pickwick tight'Pickwick' crocus is my favorite. It was released in 1939, the same year my house was built. Photos by Doug Oster

blog bittercress flower 1Bittercress is an edible weed. The tiny flowers are pretty.

blog pieris wider likeJapanese pieris getting ready to bloom when the weather is right.

blog purpl helobores ready to openHelebores might be the queen of the spring garden. Look at the color.

blog fosythia 2Forsythia buds swell.

blog pink pigMy pink pig watering can. See how it's a little dirty on his chinny chin chin.

blog niko tightHydrangea bud, 'Nikko Blue.'

Blog peonies sproutOld fashioned peonies push through the soil.

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