Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cheered by a moss

I was visiting a friend the other day and noticed a big Oregon grape shrub in full flower, its clusters of small, brilliant yellow blooms brightening the shady north side of his house, so when the sun tempted me to my own yard yesterday, I went hunting.

A couple of exotics are putting on brave faces – the delicate yellow winter jasmine and pink viburnum show up like a scatter of confetti – but that’s it for flowers. 

Even the Oregon grape that gets all the sunshine is keeping its buds tightly furled. 

But I was cheered to see that some mosses are already sending up their banners for spring!

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