My garden is waking up. These past couple of days, I have been busy weeding to make up for my months of neglect, as well as pulling out the plants that didn't survive our multiple snow incidents that in Seattle qualify as "blizzards." Even during regular winters the lemon verbena doesn't survive, and I recently planted a new pot of my favorite sun-loving herb.
The white icicle currant bush that I blogged about earlier this month is in bloom, and as I promised Tanita, here are two photo of what the currant bush looks like now:
White icicle currant bush in the garden
I was also smitten by the red-flowering currant bush in my daughter's school play area, and planted one next to the steps toward the back of our house. Here is a closeup of the buds on the red-flowering currant bush:
Red currant close-up
The red currant bush is supposed to attract honeybees. If it does, it'll be good news. A month ago, I saw a hummingbird flying around the area where the red currant bush is now. I stood quietly until the hummingbird flew away, and then looked around to see what might have attracted the bird to our house. I suspect it simply had taken a wrong turn, as our columbine leaves are just beginning to appear now.