23 April

There’s nothing like a warm weekend to get spring restarted! The serviceberry has bloomed and is now losing its blossoms after less than a week in bloom. The celandine poppies are covered in yellow blossoms, and the marsh marigold has its first flower (although all the buds that were about to open before our cold spell are now black). The blackhaw viburnum and its small neighbor the mapleleaf viburnum are starting to leaf out, although it’s unclear whether they will blossom at all. The ostrich ferns that came with the yard are out, but the ferns I bought last year (lady, maidenhair, and cinnamon) haven’t shown themselves yet. (Hmmm.)

I planted 3 Caroline raspberry canes, a Tophat blueberry, English lavender, and some impulse-bought Tete-a-Tete daffodils and purple hyacinths this weekend. I keep peeking at the raspberry canes, but they insist on continuing to look like sticks unrelieved by buds.

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