More blooms…surely that means that Spring is on its way….

Native western trillium (Trillium ovatum) – a little muddy from today’s deluge but bravely forging upward.
Native white fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum) almost blooming. Beautiful foliage. Tucked nice and safe from feet and paws under a Japanese maple which has yet to begin budding out seriously.
NOID hyacinth. I am SO allergic to the smell of these.  Happy to see it outside however!
NOID hyacinth
NOID Helleborus. Gorgeous dripping with raindrops.
Beautiful double hellebore…note the banana slug just sitting there innocently 😉 at the base of the stems.
And more…it’s hellebore week!
some mini daffodils in a pot with cyclamen foliage
Daffodils starting out front.
Azalea NOID 
Another NOID white azalea – way too flimsy and delicate a flower for. My liking. They go transparent in the rain almost!!
Native Ribes sanguineum
More floriforousness from the first Rhodo ‘Snow Lady’ to bloom this year.
Purple leaf sand cherry???
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Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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