Japanese painted fern, AKA Oriental ladyfern, unfurling. (Athyrium niponicum)
Look hard enough in nature, and you’ll find lots to scare you.
Like this monster above, just coming to get you.
Well, maybe not.
It just might be pachysandra blooms. Depending on how you feel about pachysandra as an invasive species, you may, or may not, feel better.
And it bloomed in mid-February this year.
Last fall, I moved my rose bushes from the west side of the house to the sunnier east side.
They liked the change.
Despite the disruption, they bloomed into October during our mild autumn.
Now, watching them, I’m reminded of Bette Middler’s version of The Rose:
Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose
After the seed, but before the bud, comes new leaves.
Check out my Something Bright photos, which I post on Facebook and mail out to my nature photo list every Thursday.
This year I turn over a new leaf. (Gardening joke.)
I am going to write down everything I plant. Furthermore, I have already drawn up some maps and I’m trying to identify plants I put in last year.
This little beauty – and it is small, less than six inches high – resides in the rebuilt Terrace 1 near the parking space for the trash barrel.
That’s lamb’s ear coming up all around it.