Spring is officially here! …but you wouldn’t know it by the weather today…cold and windy. Last week it was beautiful. I got out a lot in the garden and worked doing winter cleanup. The Japanese Quince bush is in bloom (above) and my little Pear Tree made quite an entrance with it’s big white blooms (below). I will be surprised if they get pollinated though because the second pear tree I planted died a couple of years ago and there has to be another one for cross pollination. I’m not sure if anyone else in the neighborhood has a pear tree, but if they do I hope my bees find it and do their job!
The Redbud Tree finally decided to bloom after five years of being in the ground. I threatened last year that if it didn’t bloom I was going to cut it down and replace it. I’m happy to say I won’t have to follow through with my sinister plans. It’s not a show piece yet but hopefully it will get there. The Grape Hyacinths have grown and spread out into the lawn. There were large clumps of them growing in the grass and I finally got around to digging them up and replanting them in the flowerbeds. With so many to replant I didn’t get them all set back out, but they still managed to bloom just laying in the container I was keeping them in until I could find a spot in the garden. Tiny but tough!
When I visited the plant nursery to get fertilizer I couldn’t help but splurge this year on a few pink Begonias for the planters by the steps. The’re a reliable annual that lasts most of the year so I’ll have some color near my shady porch when the heat gets unbearable for everything else.
In the veggie garden I have really been enjoying the Asparagus this year …yumm! We never have enough, it is so good. I dedicated another raised bed for asparagus only and planted crowns early in February so we will have more in the future. The veg garden is also producing lots of wonderful Lettuce and Spinach and the Broccoli is heading up and should be ready soon and the Onions are going strong. The Potatoes just started coming up last week.
It hasn’t all gone well though…something has really made a fine lace of my mustard green leaves, probably thrips, and I’ve had to replace four tomato seedlings that just disappeared and shriveled up to nothing overnight. I still have no clue what caused it.