Spring is officially here! While we had hotter than normal temperatures last week, it is more seasonal now and the forecast for this week is for gentle rains almost every day. I took most of these pictures a couple of days ago - our constant drizzle keeps me from taking my camera outside. A lot is sprouting and greening up in our yard, but now we will need the sunshine that is promised to us this weekend to really brighten things up.
The Pasque is beginning to bloom
Ground cover is waking up
My Autumn Joy Sedum as well as Black Jack are poking out
Last year, I planted a pink Knock Out rose. . . I'm glad to see it is greening up
I was really happy to see the Pink Double Delight Coneflower I planted last year is sprouting
The lettuce I planted January 30th is doing nicely . . . in spite of spending a few weeks under the 11 inches of snow we got shortly after being planted
I have new Drumstick Alliums poking about 6 inches out of the ground, the Coral Bells are bushing out, daylilies and much more. The Lilacs are leafing out, and Redbud trees have buds. The Jade Crab also is budded out and will probably explode with color next week. And the cats will be happy to hear the Cat Nip is up :-)
Every Spring brings us a new year of surprises. Last year, we had horrible floods on the Missouri River. Last week, while our grandson was visiting us for the week, we went back to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge that spans across the Missouri connecting Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA. The comparison photos show the magnitude of the flood waters. I never knew so much sand/silt could be moved onto land with flood waters. While this is just in one area, there are farmers that will be recovering from the flood for many years to come.
What the heck is right! A walker in the sand and rocks forming a question mark.
The only thing that hadn't changed was the tall supports rising above.