this is my current favorite in my garden. it is a weed that came up last year. i babied it, pulling all the other weeds who would dare get too close, and it has returned to me again this year, bigger and more beautiful than the last. i noticed it made a baby too which shall, of course, be babied.
it comes up way early in the spring and it's yellow. what more could you want? really, it's fun playing with weeds. by next spring i shall be an authority on winter cress aka yellow rocket.
i have two huge bushes on the side of my house that i don't frequent. sad since they are gorgeous but their bloom time isn't long, so i miss out on enjoying them as much as i'd like. i took the time to look them up just now - white lacecap hydrangeas.
i have really done next to nothing in my garden so far this year. the reason for this is that i myself am a hothouse flower. i'm cold until the temps reach the 70's consistently. the weeds love me for my too long hibernation period. thank goodness whatever i did last summer is still working. the blueberries are going crazipants. omg. i am so excited.
the bees are too, thankfully.
now to find someone in these parts who can tell me if they need to be netted or not.
raspberries, too! and one of my bushes made babies! i'm going to leave a few grow to see if they product next year. two of my five bushes are already preparing to bloom, one is just starting to leaf out, and i am afraid that a late hard freeze got the other two just as they were coming out. i am leaving them for a few more weeks to see if they make it.
a dear friend gave me a start of her lemon balm (and spearmint). i want to start an herb garden, but where? i have vowed that i am not allowed any more plants (purchased or gifted) until i get the ones i already have in the ground.
the little cabbages that i bought last october lived all winter long, but went straight to seed when spring finally arrived. that was funny to see. and do you notice how similar the flower is to the weed in the first picture? same family! it was kinda like my okra/hydrangea revelation of last year.
a pansy that reseeded itself. how fascinating that their are so many different faces on this one. i'm sure there's a story there.
the free strawberries that almost died when transplanted in the heat of summer have taken root, reproduced, and are filling their box to overflowing. again, i need to find out from a local if netting is needed.
the photos from the lemon balm down are all retakes. the first day i photographed them i had already been to wchs and cedars of lebanon state park to take pics, so it was approaching high noon. my aperture was also close to wide open, so there was too much light. these were taken on an overcast day. not the most interesting lighting, but spring sunshine is a fickle thing in tennessee.
can one ever have too many bumblebee photos?
it was neat to notice, too, how quickly life moves along this time of year. the central flowers hadn't even started blooming in the photo of white lacecap hydrangeas above and these were taken just three or four days later.
and look at the blueberries now!
how about some homegrown salad with strawberries and blueberries? heck, i might even go crazy and throw in a few pansies for good measure. :)