Freezing rain, cold temperatures and gray skies have me looking at garden books and trolling the websites of my favorite nurseries. Last year I had snowdrops by mid-March but that's still a long ways from now. I need garden porn to keep me going!
The picture below is from Far Reaches Farm in Washington state. I fell in love with this image when I first saw it last year. It caught my eye because I have a double-flowered Trillium planted on one side of a path. This will be its second year of blooming so it will take a while before it begins to approach the beauty in the photo (bottom right). I moved a tiny little seedling of Paeonia japonica opposite the Trillium on the other side of the path. This spring I'll add a clump of Hakonachloa grass. I'm hoping that a few years down the road I'll have a combo as gorgeous as Far Reaches'.
Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens in MA has a wonderful website with all sorts of interesting articles and tips and great images. This was her "slow flowers bouquet" from a couple of years ago. It's made of bits of lichen, branches and mushrooms that she managed to gather in January. Makes me think I should get out into my garden in a few days when it warms up again. I have plant orders in at both nurseries after having great experiences with them last year, and can't wait until they arrive in late April.
What I really need to do is get out to this year's Garden Expo this weekend. Smell some dirt, see some green and mingle with other gardeners.