|Neighborhood trees in bloom.|
Except for the weather, which finally broke. We've been having day after day after day of rain, and I was getting a little more than antsy because even though my bee hive is done, the stand for it out in the yard is not. The bees will be ready for pickup on 2 April, and I need to have everything ready for them. We had a couple of posts set in concrete that the previous owner left lying around, and rather than get rid of them when cleaning up, I set them aside knowing they'd be useful for something someday. It turned out they'd be useful for a stand for the hive, so yesterday morning dawned sunny, and Steve helped me set them.
|I'm glad he did most of the digging. Actually, he did all of the digging.|
|See what I mean? Had to be good for something....|
|Yay! All set. Now all I need to do is set the crosspieces.|
|It always amazes me how fast I can get my work jacket dirty. And how did I do that, if Steve did all the digging?|
In other news, I've just about finished the hutch. I only have a few finishing nails to set, but my knees and arms could only take so much crouching and hammering. I decided not to varnish it until I have at least the breakfast nook built so that I can do it all at once, plus later would be good so that I can open windows while the coats dry. I'll take a picture of it for you once I get the dishes into it, because it's so dark it doesn't photograph well at all.
But back to the vernal equinox: here are the local signs of spring:
|Budding lilac. My sister in California says hers has blooms on it already, but that's what a difference in latitude will get you.|
|Returning peonies. All four are coming up, and I'm really relieved.|
|Tulip in waiting.|
|Bulb cluster out front. Almost there.|
|I love the different shades of purple and blue on this hyacinth.|
|Our lone blooming daffodil.|
It's not exactly June busting out all over, but after a dreary winter, it's almost as good.