Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Early Spring

Our "early spring" has arrived! (As in, everything listed as "blooms in early spring" is alive and kicking. Man am I ever glad to see these ladies and gents put on their spring finest!)

Forsythia (I was glad my neighbor was at work when I snapped this picture- it's HIS bush, and I was nearly pointing my camera in his kitchen window!)


Lungwort- this came from my grandma's yard. I pulled it up from our last house right before we moved- I felt guilty about not telling the new owners, but also was very sad to leave behind all the other plants from Grandma's yard. I knew they would be missed though- this is nearly invisible once it stops blooming. I've collected more of most of the plants I had to leave behind- I'm waiting to see if they survived the winter! If this lungwort ever dies though, I'll be so sad- Grandma's was composted (by a well-meaning friend who thought it was dead) shortly after I took a piece home.

Lemon balm- it hitched a free ride when I brought mint from Grandma's garden, and is threatening to annihilate the mint. I didn't think anything could out-crazy mint, but lemon balm can. It's earlier, faster, and bigger. And I have no idea what to do with it! I'm going to try sorbet this year. I'm not really big into drinking tissanes, but I'm sure that would be yummy too.
Other friends I've seen in the yard: crocosmia, day lilies, tulips, and lots and lots of weeds. I'm starting to look like a gardener again, with lots of dirt under my fingernails and on my shoes! Mimi out-dirts me, though: I have gloves :) I think she must roll in the dirt while I'm not looking, that child goes though SO many outfits these days! She was crazy excited to go outside before lunch today, and refused to put on clothes. I looked at the thermometer (43), looked at our deck (damp in places), looked at my child (nothing but a diaper, and pleading.) Out you go! Five minutes later she was at my side holding her outfit, her parka, and her shoes. Smart kid :)
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Aunt LoLo said...

Oooh...Not Jealous. Not jealous. Not jealous. Not jealous. Not jealous......................

Right. I'm so jealous. We've got More Snow today.

Teresa said...

Beautiful--- we are little behind you in the blooming department. I've got about 30 forsythia sticks in a bucket trying to get them to bloom early so I can use them for centerpieces at a Stake event. Unless they jump to it in the next couple of days, I'm going to have to go to plan B. :/
Thanks for sharing.

Su said...

sigh............. it snowed here, so any hopes of an early spring is crushed.
Just 3 more months to go :)

Bobbi Lewin said...

as I look outside my window at all our new snow, I am really quite jealous! I looooong to be out in the garden! Lemon Balm is good for many things. It makes a very relaxing tea which you can drink cold or hot; I've snipped up bits and added them to salad. Sorbet sounds really good:) You can infuse a simple syrup, the same way you would for the sorbet, and drizzle that over peaces etc. Oh I can't wait for mine to come up!