This will be a photo-heavy, words-light post, with a cautionary note to those readers buried under vast swathes and heaps of that cold white stuff. If the very idea of green grass and flowers makes you groan, look at this another time. Or consider it a ray of hope in your otherwise frigid universe.
These pictures were all taken today (16 February 2015) in my garden, in the middle of the day. Keep in mind that this is the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and we’ve had a very “soft” winter so far . . . .