Buds on the crabapple tree.
Leaf suckers on the grey trunk of the crabapple--this tree seems to be purely ornamental--its spring beauty earns it an on-going place in the back yard.
Crabapple and redbud against a clear blue sky.
Walking along the edge of the lower perennial bed during the warm spell, I thought I detected very tiny seedlings of the heirloom papaver somniferum which I scattered on a warm day in February.
Mind you, its been a few years since I watched poppy seedlings emerge.
Today I confirmed that some of the poppies have germinated. They like cool damp weather.
Beside the poppies you can see wild onion which is one of the invasive weeds on this small farm.
A pink-flowered form of dead nettle is another undesirable that must be battled.
I weeded in the lower garden and scratched about with my hand-held digger, sprinkled a few more poppy seeds here and there.
The sun hid behind grey clouds and a cold wind whisked in from the north, sending me inside.
We had invited neighbors out to eat. A drizzle began as we left for the restaurant; when we came out a very cold rain was sluicing down.
I was in such a mood to get the 40 asparagus roots planted and to continue with the herb garden by the side door.
All must wait again for dry weather.
Meantime--I have a fat new garden encyclopedia purchased with a birthday certificate from amazon.
I'm off to the big chair by the fireplace!