It’s that time of year when we start to find out what’s coming back in the garden. Tufts of new growth pop out from the crowns of perennials as they break their dormancy. The usual suspects were up as I walked the garden this morning. Narcissus, Geum, Iris, and Sedum. They’re the ones I’d expect this early — the old stalwarts of spring with tough foliage that can stand dips below freezing.
I’ll patiently wait for the rest of the garden to emerge. Last season was a flurry of planting during the heat of the summer, followed by a wet, windy, and cold winter. There are a few plants, including a beautiful (and expensive) Pieris and some transplanted Hydrangea aborescens, that look suspiciously dead. I’ll hold my morbid prognosis for now and enjoy the early arrivals.