I made a quick trip out to Vancouver Island last week and it was paradise - I got to plant bulbs and dig in the dirt. Weeding is a joy when you haven't done it in over a month! The soil wasn't even close to being frozen! There were hellebores and daphne blooming! Mahonia too - one of my favourites!
I try not to hate winter in Edmonton, with, yes, our dry cold and sunny days, but I do. I really do. So here's a post of some garden studies (arrangements using only things from my garden or those of my friends) from the summer/fall. I've been going through them to make sure I catch everything I need for seed orders and to remind myself what tends to bloom at the same time, so I can better coordinate colours. The planning for this year is a bit different, more things that can be planted directly or have a quick maturation. We'll see how it goes.