This is what met my eyes when I walked out the door this morning. Cue birdsong and woodpecker tapping. The buds are ALMOST open. In a few days this very lopsided Bradford Pear tree will be in full bloom. While all the other trees still appear to be dormant, local pear trees – and believe me there are LOTS of them around here – are trying very hard to get Spring underway. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any tulips this year. Must have missed them because they always precede everything else. Next will be the redbuds – absolutely gorgeous and the state tree of Oklahoma; again, very prolific. And then the irises. I love irises. I have yellow and purple in my yard. The blooms don’t last long but they are truly beautiful while they last.
My sedum is beginning to put on some serious growth. It never really goes dormant here. I cut it back every winter but there are always some low lying green buds just on the surface. It made it through the extreme temperatures this winter.
I think I’ll go to the local nursery today at lunch and buy a few bags of manure to work into the veggie beds tomorrow. Next comes planting for onions and lettuce.
I also need to get serious about pricing DIY guttering. I’ve had two very nice rain barrels for a couple of years now, but haven’t gotten them hooked up for lack of guttering. It might be a little pricey to get the whole thing up and running, but free water for the garden will be the tradeoff.
The garden is going to be great this year – I can just feel it!
Keep it simple, ya’ll.