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.
Sometimes 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.
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