Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Equinox - 2015

We have had a lot of rain so far in March.  The backyard is a soggy mess.  However, the fruit trees are in bloom now.  The Almond (pink) and Pear (white) trees are looking very nice.

The almond blooms are especially lovely now.

The Pear blooms are also showy.

The Peach tree is also in bloom now. 

This is my first and only daffodil bloom so far - I have been very disappointed in them.  I'm not sure why they have not produced this year. 

Note the fallen yaupon holly berries on the ground.

The front porch is spruced up a bit now.  Bearded iris and daylilies are coming up in the foreground.

Colorful petunias are cool season annuals.

 I found some beautifully colored snapdragons this spring.  Another nice cool season annual.

On to the vegetable garden.  We purchased tomato, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper plants this week.  We didn't plant them immediately because of the weather forecast indicating potential hail.

The onions and garlic are growing well.  They withstood the snowy and icy weather last month like champs.

The herbs made it through the winter well.  Even the artichokes on the top tier are coming out of it.  Trailing rosemary, parsley and chives are in the back tiered garden.  Oregano is in the front.  

The broccoli, cabbage, spinach and swiss chard survived the snow and ice.  However, the bunnies are doing their best to take them out. 

And finally, a male cardinal is looking for a girlfriend this spring!

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