Well, it has been a while since I participated, but I thought I’d try to get my act together this month. It isn’t winter and covered with ice, my cat has finished his process, and I am back from the month long vacation. So I have no excuse for not going out and taking a few images of the burgeoning spring garden.
The vegetable garden is looking good. I have a fine crop of henbit and plantain going in the bed where I intend to put the tomatoes this year. It won’t be hard to get rid of those weeds though. The garlic is looking good, we have been picking asparagus on a regular basis, my peas are 3 inches tall, and the salad garden is perking along beautifully.
Around the place, I have the most amazing daffodils going right now. I was so afraid that they would be all done by the time we returned from our trans-Atlantic cruise and travels through Spain and Portugal, but the weather cooperated and it didn’t get too warm too soon. So here is a sampling of the dozens of narcissi I have scattered all about the place. Notice the redbud tree in full bloom in the background.
Don’t forget, this is a mere sampling. The daffodils are blooming in the labyrinth, along the street, along the borders of the yard, in the rose/daylily beds, on the root cellar. The roses are starting to send out shoots, as are many of the other shrubs. My forsythias are pretty much done, but right now, the flowering almond is in full bloom:
I have lots of other shrubs that are starting to bud out. The ones I transplanted right before our trip in March are doing well, the genesis of the stroll garden have survived their winters in pots and being transplanted during the cold early March. There are a couple of Viburnums out there looking rather spry. My roses have budded out. The apple trees are just ready to pop, having waited to set out their blooms until after our recent cool nights.
Aren’t they looking splendid? The wild peach tree is blooming. It rarely makes any fruit, but it is very pretty over in the corner right now. The plums and pear are getting ready to bloom also. For once the weather is cooperating. It stayed fairly cool all through March so the fruit trees and vines waited to bud out.
The vineyard has not budded out yet, which is very good news. As you may recall, last year we had such a warm early spring followed by a week of freezing weather, we had a catastrophic failure of fruit crops all over the region. It looks like we may have escaped that fate this year.
In the shade garden, the hostas are starting to pop up, and the bleeding hearts are just ready to bloom. The Queen of the Bed right now is my hellebore, which is blooming its beautiful little heart out:
That’s about it for around here. In a couple of days I will be posting about the flowers and plants I saw while I was in Lisbon, Funchal and Seville. It made me long to live in a Mediterranean climate to be over there during the spring. Check out the pictures of the fields of wildflowers in Portugal in my “Teaser” post about my vacation.
Meanwhile, it is good to be back in the US and at Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. I’m looking forward to visiting your posts.