Winter returned during the first week of February after a solid month of temperatures generally above freezing and sings of spring. Thankfully in Seattle the temperature didn’t fall as low as initially forecasted. The low at Boeing Field was 21, still in Zone 9. Time will tell if the budding plants are okay or not…
Presenting the first blooming daffodil of the 2014 season that I found. January 24, 2014. The location is Capitol Hill’s Summit Slope Park/Unpaving Paradise p-patch near Olive Way.
I harvest windmill palm seeds in late winter and plant them asap. They’re ready when the color turns from green to dark bluish. The seeds are easy to germinate and in fact, there are often dozens of palm seedlings growing under mature trees. Seed viability decreases with time, so plant soon after collecting.