First Blooms

The temperatures continue to bounce up and down like a kid on a trampoline.  The last two days have been in the 80’s, but today tiny ice pellets are being blown sideways in a bone chilling 21 degrees.  So good bye to the flowers that have already bloomed.  These pictures were taken yesterday.

quince4 Texas Scarlet Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) is the first noticeable color in my yard.

quinceThis plant is three years old, so there are more flowers on the branches than last year.

quince3With loose form, the flowers don’t last but a few days.

daffodils2Then came the daffodils.  Last year I moved the bulbs from a bed beside the house.  They had not done very well for seven years in that location.  So when I read that they should be in a bed away from the house, I decided to try it.

But the wind whips them around pretty good.

daffodilsThe color seems paler than last year.  Maybe it’s my imagination.

rosemary4The Rosemary bush has bloomed off and on for a couple of months during some warm days.

rosemary3These pictures are not particularly good, but I’m trying to show several things.  In this one is a bug with two orange stripes (type unknown) in the upper middle of the photo.  Also, the orchid like shape of the flower petals is noticeable..

rosemary5A yellow butterfly is feeding in the middle of this picture.  Bees and all kinds of insects were flitting around.  Most were too speedy for me to get a picture.

rosemaryThis shot illustrates the amount of flowers on the plant.  As I’ve said before, this out-of-control bush needs to be cut back.  I did some lopping last year but don’t really know the correct way to trim it.

Sunny days and flowers bring the promise of spring.  Then there are the days where winter bears down again.

“If you think your best days are behind you, they are.  If you think your best days are ahead of you, they are.”  Jon Gordon

Preview of Spring

There are small signs of spring in spite of the fact that weather forecasts indicate more freezes coming up.  Several trees have already budded out and those buds have turned black from a freeze.

daffodilA few daffodils have already bloomed and grown ragged from the wind.  But there still more buds.

swampsunflowersSometimes it hard to determine from the first shoot of a plant what it is.  So it helps if you can remember where something is planted rather pulling up little greenery as weeds.  Spoken from experience.  These are Swamp Sunflowers, which go through some pretty stages.  After this, it will become thin, frilly leaves that drop over like a circular waterfall.

violetsJust plain old common violets that have a nice low growth with lovely whitish, purple flowers that rise above the leaves.

dayliliesOne of my favorites – orange daylilies.  Not only are they pretty but so dependable and easy.  Emphasis on the easy.

dandelionOf course, weeds are here with more on the horizon.  The dandelion has a soft inviting shape.

dandelion2Beauty comes in all forms.

henpitThe prolific henbit will always be with us.

cherrylaurelCherry Laurel in full bloom promises new leaves.

cherrylaurel2The entire tree hummed like a bee hive.

Our first evidence of spring is weeds.  That brings a somber reminder that I need to be outside with a hoe or a spray.

“What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.”  Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, 1871