I meant to post this yesterday since it was the first official first day of spring. However, things came up, so I am just now getting around to it. I love spring because it’s so pretty outside, and the weather the past couple of springs has been wonderful!
Bradford pear trees are one of my favorites! The ones below are in a field behind my house, dividing 2 of our neighbors. They’re not the fullest and prettiest I’ve seen, but they’re still beautiful.
The picture below is a neighbor across the street from us. I love the pink-blooming tree also! Very pretty!
So far, since it’s still been rather cold outside, I’ve only managed to pick up all the big sticks in the yard, though that didn’t do any good after Monday’s storm came through. And I managed to get the boxwood shrubs and holly bush trimmed at the back of the house. I was looking forward to this Saturday so I could get some more done, but the high is only going to be 62°F, and there’s a 60% chance of rain. So I’m not sure if that’s going to happen.
The oak leaf hydrangeas are putting out new growth.
And I wish my forsythia would do better. I will have to check and see why it’s not growing like it should. Of course, the one you see in the bottom part of the picture below are just a mess because I have no idea what else has been mixed in with it.
While I was doing yard work Sunday, I realized I already had an azalea bloom! It always seems the ones at the bottom of the azalea bushes bloom out first. The rest of the shrubs don’t even have buds forming yet, and here at the bottom is a full bloom and a bud that’s about to open up.
If I get a chance to do more work outside this Saturday, I am going to clean up this area (below) in the front yard. The pink-blooming shrub on the left grows SOOOO much each year. We always trim the down to the height of the azaleas, so this is how much it has grown (along with the stupid holly bush a previous owner decided to throw into the mix). If anyone knows what the pink-bloom shrubs are, let me know! I have no idea.
Here’s another small azalea bush I have that is putting out buds, getting ready to bloom!
And of course, since things are starting to put out new growth and bloom, the ivy comes with it. I don’t know which previous owner thought it would be a good idea to put ivy at one end of the house, but Alex and I both hate it! Each year, we spray it heavily with round-up to kill it off for the year, but it comes back. If anyone knows how to permanently get rid of ivy (without having to uproot it), let me know!