It's a cool 45 degrees out there and I'm hoping the rain holds off long enough for the little guy to nap and me to direct sow more seeds. While my tomatoes, cucumbers and beans will remain inside a bit longer, I've read or been told it should be safe to start carrots, beets, arugula and even some annuals outside. Just to be sure, they'll all have a home under the cloche until Mother Nature is a bit more forthcoming with her warmth.
Speaking of the indoor seedlings, the bush beans are developing small violet buds. I'd thought these were going to be more leaves but clearly this is something different. I'm pleased to see this given I lost all my runner beans to impatience.
Outside, there's a few more signs of life. The highlight is of course the Corsican hellebore that dear Catherine at A Gardener in Progress gifted me. Look how many fat buds are on this thing! She clearly has a well cared for garden, so if you haven't visited get over there and check it out.
Hovering above the Corsican is a Camellia bush. I sheared this into a ball, a spousal request that I gave into over the holidays. It was likely not the best time but I did spot this large bud developing on one side. It may be the only one this season so I'll cherish it.
Yet another mystery plant in my parking strip. I have no idea what this is and whether I planted it. It remained just bare twigs over winter and now it's leafing out. Right now it's all of maybe 18 inches. Any guesses what it may be?
Internal struggles continue on whether to prune my 'Gold flame' Spirea. The suggestion is to do so in early spring, but is it too early yet? This one has been in the parking strip for several years and is looking rather leggy. It's not terribly large, maybe a foot high and wide. It's always so difficult to shear a plant back once it starts coloring up. Any suggestions?