Last fall, I stubbornly dug a little island around the Charlie Brown-esque Crab Apple tree we have in the front yard, in an effort to have more flowers this spring. The garlic came up within week of planting, but now for the last month or so, we have been enjoying the Crocuses, Daffodils and Hyacinths as well! Our front yard smells lovely! I think the neighbors think (know?) I’m crazy, because I stop and smell the flowers every day before getting in my car for work. Why have flowers if not to enjoy them?
I’m also glad I started planting way earlier than usual – it seems that Spring, and almost Summer are here to stay. All of the seeds I planted in the raised bed in the backyard are doing spectacular (I guess the birds haven’t noticed them yet). Once the trees leaf in, there won’t be a ton of sun, but right now everything is growing great in the backyard! I’ve got lots of radishes, carrots of several sizes, beets, turnips, and for the first time – peas! I also have some snap peas planted in the front with my tulips (pictures 2), and they are also loving life. Hopefully we’ll be enjoying garden-fresh peas soon. :)
I’ve been trying to stay far away from the garden centers (bad for the budget!), except to pick up more compost. I do, however, need to find a pollinating friend for my little Powderblue Blueberry – any recommendation for small plants? – it’s got to be okay in a pot.
I’ve also got my fingers crossed because I might be getting a composter soon – my really busy boss has one that she has been trying to re-home and so it will hopefully end up with us soon! Woohoo! Hubby can’t turn down a free! composter!
Overall, it’s hard not to have a terrible case of Spring fever and try to plant thousands of seeds. We still have out tiny yard, but this year I am totally encroaching on the dirt, though still mostly using pots for the big plants.
Hopefully this summer will not be outrageously hot – but we’ll just enjoy the open-windows weather while we can! :)
Johnny Jump Up Blooming
self-seeded in their pot, and also in the neighbors yard :)
Marigold, Crackerjack Blooming
planted really early, but they don’t seem to mind
salad table is back in action