Today was an odd day, particularly weather wise. It was rather mild in the morning with temperatures in the low 50's. I had a good swim at the Y and the lifeguard had the outside doors propped open to get some air. By the time I finished the temps had plummeted and the air coming through the open door was uncomfortably cold, and I did not want to get out of the warm water . It started raining as I headed into work and was pouring when I pulled into the parking lot.
We offer free classes to the public at work, and today was my first of the season. The topic was timely and was a basic pruning class. I have taught this class now for over 10 years, and I have always looked at it as the start of our spring season. Normally at the end of the class I take the participants into the display gardens where they can watch me prune a rose, a hydrangea or a buddleia. However, when the class ended it started raining again, turned to sleet, then to snow and then to a mix of all. About 20 minutes later the sun came out, but on the western horizon were nothing but angry, black clouds, and sure enough in another 20 minutes we had more rain and snow.
During the break between bouts of precipitation the light was good so I took a few pictures around the display gardens and in the nursery. A mixed bag of weather calls for a mixed bag of plants.
Chinese Winged Euonymus (Euonymus phellomanus) attracts little attention most of the year, but in the fall the foliage gets to be a good red, falls off and reveals this incredible bark.
Pulmunaria x 'Raspberry Splash' is just starting to bloom.
These are the fruits of shrub-like Sabal minor one of our hardiest palms.
Windmill Palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) are the only reliably hardy, tree-like palms for our area. People grow other trunked palms, but not without extreme winter protection that I am unwilling to try.