There are leaves still on the ground from last Fall, the lawn’s overgrown, and our season’s first flowers (the daffodils and hyacinths) are spent. I guess we can’t be lazy gardeners anymore!
Andrew and I spent the weekend raking up leftover leaves from our deck, transplanting some spinach from a deck container to a ground plot, and putting together the mini greenhouse that Andrew’s mom got him for Easter.
We already have some seeds started in the greenhouse including jalapeños, nasturtiums, sunflowers, and bell peppers. As of now, the sunflowers have already started sprouting. Last year, we lost a number of our young jalapeño plants and sunflowers to garden critters digging them up so we’re hoping for better success by starting them in this protected environment and moving them to the ground when they are bigger.
The pollinators are out and two of our three apple trees are ready! In order for us to get apples, cross pollination needs to happen between two of our trees (it’s the main reason we have three of them). We’re keeping our fingers crossed for some apples (and hoping we can keep the squirrels from getting all of them this time!)
Last year, only one bluebell plant come up but this year, we have quite a few. When they are done flowering, we might move them so they are more clustered together and we can get more visual impact from the pop of color.
Snoopy’s First Flower
There’s a dogwood tree in our front yard that we planted about three years ago and that is known in our home as “Snoopy”. It spent its first year in dormancy from the shock of being transplanted (Sorry, Snoop!) but the next two years, it bounced back and produced a good amount of new growth and leaves. This year, for the first time, Snoopy produced a single flower! It looks a little silly by itself but it’s really pretty and we look forward to many more flowers each year that Snoopy matures.