Spring is coming quickly, and winter cannot do a thing to stop it. While the large picture outside still looks dreary, bursts of color and signs of life are popping up all around.
By our mailbox, the Sedum “Autumn Joy” is beginning its journey to a fall bloom, the first of hundreds of flowers has emerged on the Creeping Phlox, and tulips and daffodils are beginning to push their way through the dirt.
The crocuses making the first appearance in our yard
New growth on the rose bushes
Gardenia bushes and tulips–lots of tulips–planted in the fall
Winter, you are defeated.
We even did some long overdue yard work this weekend. The shrubs by our front steps were way overgrown, leaving only a small opening to walk up and down the stairs.
Okay, so maybe it was more than a “small opening,” but those shrubs were out of control. I attacked them with some hedge clippers while Andrew raked and weeded, and we were left with this:
So much better, right?
A few quirks about our yard that we inherited with the house:
1. We have about three types of grass growing (plus the control group of no grass in the back yard…) They are different textures, grow at different rates, and turn green at different times during the year.
2. There are six azaleas in front of our house–three on each side of the steps (the giant shrubs are mostly hiding two of them, but I promise they are there.) Five of those azaleas are alike. The center shrub on the left? Different variety, different size, different color, bloom time, etc. I don’t have the heart to pull it up and replace it (Okay, I have the heart; I don’t have the confidence that I could pick the variety that does match the others.)
3. While I love spring bulbs–and in fact planted many myself back in the fall–the previous owner of our house planted tulips and crocuses (and monkey grass? Why monkey grass??) very randomly between/in front of the azaleas. I don’t hate it, but it does look a little silly.
I realize these are very much “first-world problems,” and I am not complaining, simply acknowledging quirks 😉
In other spring news, our vegetable seedlings that we planted about a month ago are doing fairly well! Well, most of them.
Notes on the process thus far:
-For the first week we kept kept them in our “greenhouse”: the guest bathroom with a sky light and space heater, the container covered by its plastic top. Once they sprouted, we moved them to our sunny living room by a window.
-The broccoli is thriving (bottom row in the top photo.)
-The cantaloupe is not thriving (top row in top photo)
-The peppers, while very late to sprout (we thought they weren’t going to make it,) are now growing and looking well.
-The tomatoes sprouted quickly and continue to look strong.
-At some point I know we were/are supposed to thin the sprouts to one per square. I know ultimately it has to be done, but I can’t bring myself to uproot the ones that look so healthy!
I think the next step is to transplant them to larger, individual containers so they can continue growing before being planted outside. We need to do some more research on this project, but I am so looking forward to starting the plants outside once it warms up a little more!
Spring, we welcome you 🙂