Sunlight Brings Growth

Waking up in the morning and seeing the sun is an unusual happening here in Oregon this time of year.  But this just makes it even more welcome when we do see it.  It also means that more plants are coming up out of the ground.

A peony is rising along our front walkway.  I didn’t plant it- it is a volunteer!  It hasn’t flowered yet, but I noticed a bud in it this year so maybe I’ll find out what the flowers look like.  I still find peonies to be very strange looking before they bloom.

Another peony is growing a few feet away.  This one I did plant- it has very large dark pink flowers.

We also have many ferns in our yard- Deer, Autumn, Maidenhair, Sword, and more.  This one is a Lady Fern.  Unlike most of the others, Lady Ferns die back every winter.  But, so far, they keep coming back!  There are a lot of them growing in the wild woods behind our house, so it’s no surprise that they like living in my yard too.

  1. Hey Mike…I have 4 of the red peonies popping up around my backyard and I did not plant them either! I originally thought they were some strange looking weed, until I read your post. Thanks!

  2. Ah, we have the same problem with minimal sun here in Seattle as well — particularly this year!! Terrific, hopeful captures that spring is indeed on the way!! Happy SWF! Have a great weekend!


  3. I like the soft outline of the sun and the bare tree silhouetted in front of it.

    That first photo of the sprouting peony looks like an alien creature emerging from the ground! But some day it will have gorgeous flowers on it.

  4. The clouds appear to be winning over the sun – almost. A small price for spring flowers and green, green growth every where.

    happy skywatch, happy spring!

  5. I really like your photos of new growth. Peonies are special favorites of mine – lucky you to have a volunteer! Mine are all planted and I don’t have many, but those I have I really love.

  6. Yes, the sun is a happy view!
    Nice to see your plants are coming – I’m also looking forwart to that in my own garden,
    right now it’s just a lot of snow…

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