The forecast for our winter was that it would be much colder than normal - and we've had one fairly big snow - a huge, destructive ice storm just a few miles north of here, up near the Canadian border and a lot of rain, but some of the shrubs seem to be confused.
On December 16 we went for a ride and were shocked at what was in bloom, or budding out.
This pretty pink shrub as just bursting with spring time flowers.
It was in front of a rhododendron that had fat buds on it.
This bright yellow shrub was fat with tiny, tiny buds. It looks like a Yellow Twigged Dogwood - though I've not seen it bloom. We'll go back in the spring and see what happens
Had to get a picture of the rose hips - food for the birds that overwinter here.
And the Pussy Willows were magnificent that December day.
Fat and puffy and so soft
Red Twigs were everywhere - we'll watch and see what they become
Not sure what this is - if I ever knew I've certainly forgotten. Any help out there with identifying, please? It was lush with blossoms.
Hazel Nuts grow wild here and fill the woods - the little catkins are beginning to show - this tree is on our street - there is a small forest of them on the way to our house.
And I just had to get a photo of this crabapple tree - standing so bravely in front of the little woods.
The birds will have a feast this winter - I'd love to go back and get a picture of this in bloom in the spring - it must be glorious.
Our lilac has buds, you can see them to the left of the Stellar's Jays, and the snowball bush is beginning to get leaf buds. I noticed today that the daffodils are up about 4 inches and there are some Grape Hyacinth sprouting up. I won't complain if spring comes early.