Yay, spring! I believe it has finally sprung here in southeast Iowa. These daffodils are next to the house on the east side of the foundation, so they're always the first daffs to bloom -- but they're fully blooming.
We've been helped along by some 70- and 80-degree days, and by the two inches of rain we finally got. We're still suffering from last summer's drought, so this rain was very welcome.
|I didn't put my rain gauge back up after winter until we'd gotten a bit of|
rain already, so I believe we did actually get a full two inches.
The rain has helped green up our grass, after what seemed like forever. There's something truly restful about a lush, green lawn after winter's grays and browns.
|We replaced this lawn with new sod several years ago, so it always|
turns green faster than our large lawns outside the fence. Almost time
to start mowing again.
|Rite of Spring: potting up annuals. These cool-season stocks are so|
beautiful and fragrant. They'll bloom most of the time until frost if
I cut them back periodically and move them into part shade during
the hottest months.
|These yellow pansies are just above the daffodils on the east side of|
the house, outside my kitchen windows. They're just babies still, but
they'll fill in soon and flower until November.