As I work, I notice many signs of spring. It is not like February when I shall be mad with expectation of each day's emerging buds, but there are many early spring bloomers that prepare in the fall. The rhododendrons are ready and the hydrangeas have fat buds even as their leaves turn color and drop.
The magnolia is ready with furry buds too.
These are trilliums.
My favorite, an early peony.
We are blessed to live in the maritime climate of Western Oregon. It is a gentle and moist and quite splendid for gardening.