The daffodils, encouraged perhaps by the metal yard art, burst into happy bloom.
The Sam Houston peach, which did nothing last year (I think perhaps we had one blossom on it), is covered in blossoms and now starting to leaf out.
Time will tell whether or not we actually get a peach or two this year as well. (I can hope, right?)
In the raised bed by the trellis, several asiatic lilies are coming up. I forget which they are, so it will be a surprise when they bloom :-)
On the trellis itself, the Major Wheeler honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, has been a huge disappointment since I planted it two years ago, with little growth and no blooms. But it looks like it may finally redeem itself this year.
For the first time ever, it has some of the red tubular blooms for which I purchased and planted it. I'm also seeing other signs of new growth, so it may fill out this year.
At the moment it consists of one single stalk twisting up the trellis and I was so close to digging it up. These few blooms and signs of growth have earned it a reprieve!
I do wonder if I'm wishing for too much though. Everything I have read on it talks about how wonderful it is etc. etc., but it's supposedly hardy in zones 4 to 8 and as far as I know, I'm in zone 9B. Our summers may just be too much for it. I'd be interested to hear from other Texas gardeners who have had success with it.
Elsewhere in the garden, I'm seeing new growth on the three Rose of Sharon bushes, and the milkweed in the front border is sprouting new growth at ground level. The grapevine is leafing out, as are the crepe myrtles and by the utility corner, the homestead verbena has started blooming (no photos of that yet).
Spring seems to be springing out all over - I love this time of year!
Finally, here's a little hint of what's to come in my next blog post....
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.