Blooms on my peach tree
Buds on one of the currants
The pretty, purplish stems of lovage as it first makes its appearance
Apple buds, with a pretty shadow of the espaliered plant on the fence behind
Lonicera sempervirens showing off its first few flower buds
Newly emerging tree peony leaves
Sedum, cheerfully peeking out from a pocket in a strawberry jar
Most of these photos were taken as I weeded and mulched yesterday. I also pulled out a great many plants--details on that will be posted later--in an effort to simplify my design. And I started on my spring plantings of carrots, onions, shallots, lettuces and the like.
Of course, there is still more to be done. I plan to put in a little bit of an edging wall in the front yard, to make the garden there look a little more finished. (The aforementioned neighbors should like that!) In late May, the tomatoes, beans, peppers, eggplants and other heat-loving crops will need to be put in as well. But for now, it's enough to appreciate all of the fresh faces of spring. Happy spring gardening to all!
*Yes, I still compost. However, I've learned from experience that certain things--some ornamental grasses, all woody plants, and perennial weeds--just do not break down enough in my little compost bins. (And those pyracantha branches have scratched me up enough the first time around, so I see no reason to let their half-decayed thorns stab my fingers while I spread finished compost.) The city's compost piles are big enough to heat them all up and turn them into black gold, however, so they end up on the curb in the spring.