I was pleased to see the first wildflowers of spring begin popping out almost overnight. There are little polka-dots of color all over the field. I believe the most prevalent are buttercups and bladder flowers.
There is also a big patch of purple vetch that grows in curly vine-like growth near the pond. I did not get a good picture of that this time, but here is a new one I actually purchased at the nursery and planted in my garden. It is called Lupine, and I am told it will spread on its own so that I can transplant it to the places I choose over the years. It drooped a bit from the shock of being transplanted but then cranked its head back around when it began to recover and now it is shaped rather oddly. I love the color though, and the leaves are quite pretty too. It looks like there are more blooms on the way so they will be straight and tall.
I am happy to say that I am taking better care of my garden than ever before and it is beginning to thank me for it. My spinach is getting fuller and I have had my first salad harvest. I am still getting a small handful of asparagus each day. The sweet pea plants are about 8-10 inches tall now and some of them have figured out that they are next to a fence that they can climb. (I keep telling them but most of them don’t listen to me.)
This is not gardening, but I wanted to share a photo I took last night at the pond. It was such a calm, quiet night and the surface of the water was like glass, reflecting the patchy clouds above. I tossed in some fish food pellets and as the bluegills surfaced the ripples made a lovely picture. The almost-finished house is in the distance. Ahhh.