The weather here in southwest Ohio has been so unseasonably warm for the past two weeks, so when I woke up to the sound of the furnace running this morning, I wasn’t sure what to think. Apparently, the temperatures dipped significantly overnight; but thankfully for the farmers, it didn’t freeze. And I’m counting my blessings that I forgot to set out my pots of pansies and other spring flowers. I had been working on a few pots yesterday afternoon, but promptly forgot about them when I received an invitation from the husband to go out to dinner. For me, food trumps flowers!
I wanted to check out just how cold it had gotten this morning and was half expecting to see some frost on the grass. Instead, I was greeted with this sight-
A sea of green from the grass and the newly leafed out trees and undergrowth.
This is one of two redbud trees that just starting blooming in our backyard. This trees’s blooms aren’t as prolific as they are on the smaller tree on the other side of the yard, but this gorgeous purple adds such pretty contrast to an otherwise sea of green in the trees that have leafed out just within the past week. I can’t believe that spring has made its appearance so early. I’m certainly not complaining, but I’m still wondering if we still might get hit with a freakish snow storm for Easter. Sure hope not, but it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened!
This is the smaller tree in the opposite end of the yard. Its blooms can be seen in the two photos below.
Isn’t this color just spectacular against the clear blue morning sky? Now, can anyone answer this question for me- if the blooms are pinky-purple, why are these trees called redbuds?
I’m so anxious for our landscaping to begin filling in. You may recall that we had our backyard totally re-done last fall, so this will be the first time for us to see the spring blooms on the plantings.
The periwinkle started to bloom a few days ago. I know it will take some time to completely fill in this planting bed, but in a few years it should will look just like a carpet of purple flowers.
I was chomping at the bit to hear the stream up and running again, so last week when the temperatures were in the low 80’s, we put the pump back into place. I still need to scrub off the moss and algae that grew on the rocks. Can you see the icky green stuff on this flat rock where the stream begins? I stuck my foot into the stream to see how cold it was. Let’s just say my tootsies got pulled out of that cold water real fast!
The sound of the water spilling onto the rocks is just so soothing.
There is a still a lot to be done to get this backyard in shape after our long winter. The weeds seem to be running rampant, so this year, I’m going to try a natural method of eradicating them. I read that applying vinegar will kill them dead! I’m all for trying something less toxic to the environment, so later this afternoon, I’ll be toting my jug of white vinegar outside! I’ll let you know if it works or not.