My favorite rose, Tahitian Sunset, is blooming! I can safely say that I have never had roses on May 3rd! What a strange and amazing spring it has been.
As I've mentioned, we did not cut down existing rose canes this past fall, and instead tied them securely and piled compost and soil around the base. It worked well, but we also had a very mild winter. Our red climber rose has never thrived as it has this spring, and has more blooms than I can even count. It has something else too...
How sweet are these little babies?! The climbing rose is so thick and lush that some enterprising bird built a nest on it, supported by the trellis and the side of the house. It looks like some birdies have hatched and some not just yet. The mama flies away so suddenly each time we are out there, that we haven't had a chance to figure out what kind of bird it is. The nesting material is mostly from our ornamental grass plants - so cool! And by the way, I stuck my camera through the thorns and pointed it down at the nest, rather than disturbing or contaminating anything. I was surprised that such a chancy method yielded exactly what I wanted to see!
The Iris are in full force too. I was happy that they were not too far along when we had our Spring freeze. It's clear this year that they need dividing very badly. NOT a fun task. It will go on the long list of jobs waiting!
Onions are coming up in the garden. So far, no sign of the critter that was rooting around in this particular box last fall. We're not convinced just yet though!
Our seed potatoes lived on our dining room table long enough to grow eyes, be cut into sections, and scab over. Now they're planted out back in two of our double depth square foot beds. We're optimistic about having both French Fingerling and Yellow Finn potatoes later this summer!
Thank you Lord for this peaceful, spring day, and all the promise that it holds!
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!"