For the last couple of days the sun has been out and you can just feel spring in the air. I swear you can practically see things growing now. I've been spending what free time I have out enjoying the yard, still getting it cleaned up, moving plants, starting some seeds.
I cleaned up some of the pond and cleaned out the filter a couple of days ago. The fish have been swimming around and the pond plants have new growth.
Now that we are getting close to our first spring without the huge pine tree I'm starting to get an idea of just how sunny it's going to be on the deck. I can finally have a big pot of herbs growing on it, lots of flowers and best of all no sap or pine needles on any of them. I'm pretty sure we'll have to invest in an umbrella too.
You can really see the difference between the sun and shade here, but I know as the sun gets higher during the spring and summer that fence bed will get lots of sun too. I've got chicken wire protecting newly emerging plants from the chickens who have a taste for fresh green leaves.
Lots of bulbs popping up and the Flowering Currants are getting close to blooming. The further away one may not do much this year since I had to move it during the tree removal.
I planted this awesome Hellebore last winter. It's from the Winter Jewels collection 'Cherry Blossom'. It's become my new favorite.
We've almost had our chickens a whole year, but this will be the first spring with them outside. They definitely like to eat plants so I'm going to make sure I'm around to supervise what they are getting into.
Hellebore 'Mardi Gras'
Not the best picture, but I found this cute little rusty metal Nuthatch at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The show was probably my favorite one yet. I didn't get a lot of pictures this year, but many blogs had great photos from it.
I finally got pvc hoops up on the front raised beds. We got this one planted this weekend and am crossing my fingers this gives us more veggies than we had last year. The plastic will be held down with clips, just waiting for them to get here, for now rocks are doing the trick.
It looks so bare right now, but I've sprinkled lots of seeds around the fence and more will get planted when it warms up more. At the top of the trellis is a little visitor. Can you see her here?
This cute little angel was bought at the garden show too.
I would have to say Hellebores have been one of my best "investments". No, they aren't too cheap, but they really are worth the money. This one has lots of little babies around it that I can dig up and share.
I love this combination in one of my wine barrel planters. The Euphorbia will be blooming before too long.
I'm trying to be patient to start tomatoes and other vegetable and flower seeds this year. I think I've been starting them way too early and then I get impatient having them in the house taking up space, and then plant them outside too early. This year I'm waiting until the beginning of April (if I can hold out that long, it may be the end of March).
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