I don't know about you, but sometimes blog posts practically write themselves in my head as I'm experiencing something. (In fact, I'm always wishing someone would invent a portable device that translates thoughts into typed electronic text!)
Other times, like this past week, not so much. It's kind of an in-between time in the garden: Bulbs and spring wildflowers are largely done blooming...
...I caught the tail-end of bloom for a large patch of yellow trout lilies (Erythronium americanum) in Redbud Nature Area.
Flowering trees, like this one* in a back corner of my yard, are dropping flowers by the day... [*I'm not sure what it is — cherry? plum? wild crab? — more enlargeable photos here if you'd like to ID it.]
...as is my cute purpleleaf sand cherry (Prunus x cistena).
...and not much else is blooming yet, with the notable exception of early-blooming bearded iris. They're a little shorter than normal bearded iris and bloom about a month earlier. I almost tripped when I saw them, they were so unexpected and lovely!
In this in-between time, my thoughts flutter. Two friends are traveling this week and my niece is at this very minute flying home to Colorado after a brief visit, which makes me a bit wistful. But Spring Fling is only a few weeks away and I'm very excited about that.
Speaking of which (shameless plug alert), if you mentioned to me earlier that you'd like to buy Fun with Winter Seed Sowing in person at Spring Fling, please remind me so I can bring the correct amount. Thanks!
In January I posted a list of dream garden visits, and I've gone to exactly 0 (zero, zilch, nada, none) of them. Trips to Arizona and DC fell through, and now it looks like a June jaunt to Massachusetts can't happen based on my friend's work schedule. I'm feeling fairly certain another friend and I will make it to St. Louis to see MOBOT, though, so keep your fingers, toes, and eyes crossed for me!
To start us off, Fiona is crossing her front paws...
...and Jimi is tucking his tail and paws!