It's 61 degrees, cloudy, muggy, and I've got the shakes. Almost every picture I took this morning as I walked through the yard with my first cup of coffee came out blurry. Maybe it's the excitement of spring. I'm betting it's the caffeine.
Last evening I closed the hoophouse not sure what kind of weather we would have this morning. As I opened it this morning, I looked over all the plants that spent the winter inside with me. Some began their lives as cuttings. Others were started from seed. They're still tender plants not fully adjusted to sunlight. I've got a white shade cloth draped over the hoops to protect them from the sun.
Other plants in the yard get no special treatment. Some are looking really rough these days. A couple weeks ago they were covered by snow. Now the blazing sun and 70 degree temperatures have them all confused. Just wait until the final freeze comes along in a couple of weeks. Spring isn't here to stay just yet. I don't care what the weatherman says.
In the hoophouse, there are tomatoes.
More tomatoes, datura, and pineapple sage.
Castor Bean Plant, Yvonne's Salvia, petunias raised from seed, and other rooted cuttings.
In the garden, the Golden Jubilee is changing color. A white daffodil is about to open. A hyacinth(?) is blooming.
The peonies from Virginia are rising up out of the dirt.
The azaleas had a hard winter. They bloomed last fall. I doubt they'll bloom this spring.
The hunter on the prowl. Precious thing she is, Daomai (dow-may: Chinese for 'bad luck'), usually stays on the concrete. Something drew her attention in the yard this morning.
That tiny plant in the yard behind her is a Magnolia Grandiflora. Last spring I found a branch that had rooted from one of the larger trees outback. I stuck it in the hole that an old clothesline post came out of. It put out only a couple of leaves last year. I hope to see some real growth on it this year.
I was planning to use some of my photos for Wordless Wednesday. They were too blurry to tell a decent story. I'm going to have another cup of coffee and get to work.
edit: I forgot to mention the "Golden Shower" climbing rose I picked up yesterday at the Dollar General store here in town. I went in looking for cheap annual seeds to fill in bare spots in the garden this summer. I spent $6 and came home with 6 packs of seeds and a rose bush.
7:24pm - 75 degrees and raining. The radar shows just a sprinkle really, but I'll take it. I opened the hoophouse to let the plants enjoy it.