The tulips are coming into bloom all over my garden. Last Autumn, Grace left me a package of 30 tulips, as a hostess gift from their visit to our home. I also purchased a few more and planted them last Autumn. Hopefully there will be more photos later.
I have the butterfly/humming bird planter transplanted with perennials and some heliotrope, in a matching pot and it will be on the deck. Speaking of humming birds... a week or so ago, I watched one of them playing in the little waterfall of the pond. It was a delight to see. Too bad I never see any fish in the pond. I think the river otter must have paid a visit while I wasn't looking. I did add one little fish 2 weeks ago, and I have seen two little ones. I have not seen the frog again, but I am sure its in there. The marsh marigolds are putting on a great show and the water hawthorn is in bloom. There will need to be May photos here too.
I have finished the top dressing on the grass paths and the little patch of grass around the apple tree. The trees are mostly pruned back. I have yet to do the hedge trimming. I am attempting to grow new little cedars behind the big ones that Mrs. P. had billybob destroy next to their sidewalk. When Pat cut these cedars down in height a bit, after Mrs. P.'s whining about junk in her house eaves troughs, I found that a few of these little cedar leaves had grown substantial roots, where they had landed in the water iris pot in the deck water feature tub. So, hopefully in no time I shall have a back up screening hedge of cedars where billybob, or his hockey playing boys, can't get at them. :)))
I have weeded a bit in the front little rockery, but mostly go out to see how the little plants there are coming along. The lilies are doing great and I hope to see a fine show this summer. The soil in this area behind this little rockery needs to be improved, also. Perhaps, with a view to adding more litlies. On the other corner of the front, I have a small area where I have campanulas and pasque flowers, iberis, a couple of daffodils. I will want to introduce a few tulips here, too. Its a chore to keep after the violets, but I am beginning to like them, in small numbers.
The strawberries have a few blooms and the rhubarb is slowly growing. I have not planted any vegetables yet. Ruby and Steve were over for dinner on Monday, and she was telling me of the great success she is having with her new garden boxes. She has peas and sweet peas up. Her strawberries are in bloom and her other berries are just booming! She is an inspiration to me to get busy on making my vegetable garden more productive.
When they were over to dinner we had ham and scalloped potatoes and other good stuff. Since I had the ham bone on hand, I wanted to try the pea soup made with the ham bone. I found this recipe on the internet. I always thought this soup would be a big fuss to make, but it was not too bad. I had all the ingredients and so made it up and it is delicious, if I must say so myself. I have to jars full frozen for the future, and we had two lunches of it. We should get at least 6 servings from it. I had the chicken stock from a roasting chicken I had made earlier in the week. I used to dump out the juices that collected around the chicken when it was roasting, but now I shall always save them. This juice was a good jellied stock, when cooled. I did not do up more chicken stock from the bones, this time, as I still have some on hand from before.