Today was absolutely beautiful, and I'm happy to say I spent all but maybe four hours outside. It wasn't all gardening, but I was outside and that's what matters. I did get about three hours of good, hard gardening time while the little guy took his nap. I also did another check of the vegetables I have inside and was a bit surprised to find beans! I put the plant tray in our bay window a couple days ago, and with the exception of a quick water, I hadn't really inspected them. So to find beans today was a pretty cool treat. I decided to move the plants outside under the cloche. They've been cooped up long enough.
The cucumbers even have flower buds on them, another surprise. For some reason I had it in my head that none of this would happen until I moved the plants outside. Now, let's hope that we get a decent crop out of these babies!
Meanwhile, I planted some of the stockpile I've been gathering over the last couple weeks. The Forsythia and cypress went in at the front garden, and I finally planted the redtwig dogwood I brought home from my day helping with the Native Plant Salvage program. Most of my planting decisions today were to replace the many Hebes I lost over the winter. I decided I just couldn't stand looking at their dead, brown foliage and withering stems in the hope that they would snap out of it.