It is still cold here in Portland. Some nights get down close to freezing, and the days aren’t much about 40 degrees. But the sun is out some afternoons, and the rain seems to be waking up the early bloomers.
Snowdrops are usually first, of course. They will even come up through a good layer of snow (hence their name) . This year, they just need to deal with very wet feet.
My favorites, though, are some we have right on our own patio. Daphnes are evergreen bushes that bloom from January to May and smell wonderful. They are planted all around our building and make stepping outside a treat.
They are pretty year-round, but really earn their keep in late winter. I’m sure the bees, who will start being active soon, appreciate these sweet nibbles.