Even on the grayest of days in the spring it seems like I find another sign of spring each time I go outside. Earlier in the day I went to a craft store with my sister, it was almost as tempting as a nursery. But since I knew that I would never actually do the crafts, even though they looked so easy, I managed to find a couple of things for the garden. It's funny that I can find garden related items almost anywhere! When I got home I went out to hang my new star which I'm hoping will patina on it's own.
Then I nailed my new birdhouse to a fence post.
While out there I found that the weeping cherry tree is very close to blooming. We planted this tree about 10 years ago and it was the skinniest little thing. It was supposed to be pink and was for a few years but over time the flowers are now mostly pale pink to white. Any idea why this would happen? It's an ornamental cherry, but it produces the tiniest cherries you've ever seen and the birds seem to love them.
My ornamental strawberry (fragaria) 'Lipstick' also has blooms on it. This flower looks a bit faded, but they will be deep pink and produce little strawberries which are edible. I find this to be a great groundcover. It blooms from April to September and we do get lots of berries on ours. We don't eat them mostly because it's by the sidewalk and I don't trust that a dog or cat hasn't been in there.
On my way to the backyard I found that my daughter had built a new fairy house of moss and bark. I can't believe how pretty it is, she has planted this whiskey barrel completely on her own. There is a small Japanese maple towards the back of it. I think it is 'Bloodgood'. If you can believe it I found this for $5 at a local nursery several years ago. She has golden creeping jenny and lamium planted in here as well. This planter is in mostly shade below our neighbors cedar trees.
I noticed she had dug up a few bulbs and added them as well, although they aren't blooming yet.
Sure signs of spring when you see the flowers of cherries, strawberries and signs of fairies!