Diane of Loess is More came to town yesterday, and we had a fabby time! We had a proper midwestern BBQ lunch at Jethro's, and then went to see some cool roadside artwork that she had found, just outside of Granger, Iowa. Of course, we had to end up at the farm, because everybody has to meet Luna! Diane is a professional photographer and she took an absolute ton of photos, and I know there will be more, but for now, I will just show one of my favorites so far. This is Tulip, our goat from the Animal Rescue League. She looks a hundred times better than when we first got her. Diane is such a super photographer - she really caught the feeling of the place and the animals. I can't wait to see more shots.
Since Diane had inspired me with her photography, I decided to do a bit of my own. Spring is bursting out all over Whispering Acres. I went for a little walkabout to see what I could see that told me spring is on our doorstep. Here are a few of the things I found!
Here's a gooseberry bush, just starting to break bud. I hope we don't get any more hard freezes!
This is a blackcurrant shrub, also starting to leaf out.
My variegated willow is furthest along, I think. I love the tiny pink tips!
This is a lilac that gets afternoon sun - definitely ready to put on a show!
My hens-and-chicks (sempervivum) plants are fattening up and looking healthy. I love to see those patches of green coming through the leaf litter.
See that little pink nubbin on the branch below?! That's my William Baffin rose! I can't wait to see those flowers again.
The sedum is going strong and really greening up too!
Here's an achillea - green fronds just breaking through the old growth. I really need to do a bit of garden clean-up!
Crocuses are blooming like little purple flames in groups all around the south side of the house. I'm so glad I took the time to plant all those bulbs!
I do believe these are daffodils. They are growing by inches every day!
I have no clue what this is. I did plant a lot of bulbs in the fall, so I do believe it's a bulb. I think it's warm because it is right by the foundation. This is a spot the chickens like to sun themselves. See the feathers lying about?!
More crocus, mixed in with other green sprouts of some sort...
A pair of meadowlarks in the tree - their songs are so beautiful! I've also seen the robins, the red wing blackbirds, and the wild ducks are coming back as well. I hope this pair decides that they like my yard enough to stay!
How is spring in your part of the world? (or are you heading into fall?)