About 2 weeks ago we had a wonderful burst of unseasonable
But now the seasonable weather has been back for the past week and a half, and it's been back down the 50s regularly and the plants are responding by slowing back down. Thank goodness I say since although I do love the warm weather I hate to rush spring.
So here's a tour of what's been going around our place.
The daffodil below popped up unexpectedly. I love when plants naturalize (as long as they aren't weeds of course!). I'm not sure what the species is. Does anyone know?
The spring phlox has been blooming very early. As you can see I haven't even had a chance to clean up this area yet.
One bleeding heart in red...
Another bleeding heart in white...
Amazingly to me the tulip bulbs I planted last December are getting ready to bloom! This pic was taken a week ago and they are much taller now and ready to burst.
We've also been working hard on getting the veggie garden ready. Here is our huge compost pile. It's almost gone now because we've been spreading it around the gardens.
Andy also built me a large pea bed. I hope to sow the seeds this week.
Andy is tilling the compost bed in the pic below. I get a bit concerned with powerful, mechanical tillers because of what they do to the worms, but we didn't have the strength or the patience to do this by hand.
More tilling.... Ellie was trying to attack the tiller! We kept her at a safe distance, but she was barking and growling like crazy. She does the same thing with the vacuum cleaner.... true vicious terrier! Ha!
Of course ya have to have some nice manure to add...
The cold weather veggies all planted (except for the peas). I've got broccoli, purple cabbage, spinach, and collard greens in this bed.
In this bed there are more collard greens, swiss chard, and several varieties of red and green lettuce.
These beds are reserved for summer veggies so I won't be planting here until after the last frost - except for the carrots - I'll be sowing them in the ground fairly soon. Usually around Memorial Day in our area I'll plant the warm-weather loving veggies, but I'll start sowing some squash and cucumber seeds indoors within the next week.