My plants are thriving this year (it seems that although I wasn't too happy about the cold wet winter, the bizarro winter made them quite happy). Would you like to see a few images from my garden this spring?
Above - a flowering quince in my side yard that was here when we bought the house. Through most of the year I find this thorny bush to be an ugly beast, and in fact it looked so pitiful last year that I thought it was dying. But when it presented a plethora of almost garish pink blooms this year, it made me so happy that had neglected to cut it back. Below, one of a zillion iris blooms. Last year I had only 3 blooms. Although they look a little blue in my pics, I think these are the purple iris that are our state flower.
Above: Wildflowers growing in the lawn. Below: one of my little toad friends in the front garden. This one was hanging out by the spigot.
Pretty little mosses grow along the large tree roots in our front yard. While I was taking this pic, my husband came home from work and found me laying on my belly in the front yard. He wasn't quite sure what I was up to...
Weeping cherry in bloom.
Another little toad friend, this one was hanging out hear the front porch.
Ok, so this isn't a great pic, but I had to show off our freshly pressure-washed patio. Perhaps I wasn't paying attention in past years, but this year I'm really noticing the scents of flowers that I've never really recognized before for their scent. This crabapple tree's blooms smell like roses. And the masses of iris blooms smell divine. Please ignore my patchy grass. Between the rocky soil, two active dogs, and my refusal to have a chemical lawn, it's tough to have a pretty lawn.
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Although I didn't get much accomplished chore-wise, we did find some fantastic things for the shop, I have a fresh new bob-with-fringed bangs haircut, and had a fun picnic with Mr. Cheese's family (except for when my brother-in-law beaned me in the nose with the football Marcia Brady style. Yes, it hurts and my nose looks ugly today).