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Salish Sea gardens and landscapes

February spring flowers


February 11th, hummingbird working a big Rosemary shrub that almost makes English lavender look rather pedestrian:


Spring is by far the longest season in Seattle and begins early every year.  Seattle horticultural spring arguably stretches from about late January and into June.  The winter-blooming shrubs start even earlier and include Mahonia x media, Pink Dawn Viburnum, camellia, manzanita, and Rosemary, all ringing-in New Years Day with spectacular blooms.  All are hummingbird magnets and a critical winter food source. Not only are they winter-blooming but they’re some of the very showiest shrubs and totally brighten up gloomy Seattle winters.  Fragrant sarcococca flowers follow a bit later in January along with witch hazel.  The winter-blooming shrubs are followed several weeks later by early spring flowers including crocus, snow drops, paper white narcissus, Daphne odora, daffodils, some Rhododendrons and even Ceanothus “Dark Star”. 

Pics taken February 10, 2018:


3 thoughts on “February spring flowers

    1. sempervirens206 Post author

      Thanks for the comment Tony. I’m embarrassed to admit I really don’t know much about Rhodos other than admiring them. I especially like it when they become small tree size. I’m pretty sure the native Pacific Rhodo blooms much later in the season.

      1. tonytomeo

        One of the native specie looks just like evergreen Eastern rhododendrons. The deciduous ones are quite variable. A few bloom early and rot in the rain. Some bloom almost in summer. I do not like them as much because I do not think that they are as pretty, but some people really flip for them; and they are nicely fragrant.

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