Some interesting changes (so far) in THIS year's plant growth.....even though our RAIN amounts the last 3 months his a record (14"), the temps were SO much warmer to include DRY SUNNY periods, the plants in the garden are doing amazing. I'm remembering HOW much I like gardening because of this fun change........ So a quick camera walk around the house let's me celebrate the GREEN beauty NW Oregon is right now. Some shots of changes in the yard: This little water fountain was given to us by the friend who made it.....and birds have QUIT even going to the one with NO water movement...they ALL bathe in this because of the fountain....it's fun to watch because it sits 1' from the window: This hemlock was planted from a volunteer tree about 5" tall 8 years ago...it has struggled EVERY winter until 2010 against the Buck Deer who liked to rub the new antlers clean during the rut....it's FINALLY over 6' tall, and I believe, is gonna finally take off: Every year this looks so lush even though it sits where little water gets to it: And it seems only 4-5 years ago that we planted a "few" Japanese Iris bulbs dug and given to us by pal Karen Smith from her yard, and now, in 2 places they look like this: And really the same about this berm along the driveway which was no more than spare dirt brought in when friend Dave dug his septic tank for his new house and we spread it here.....we planted a few things as "experiments".....and they seem to have managed just fine (yes, a couple things are buried in here and need to be moved): I LOVE the grape vines (that never mature in our little micro-climate) that give us huge leaves by Pickling Time...."1 per jar"....that's rule..... AND....it's peak Rhody time...... all these plants ever get is a dose of Epsom Salts every spring: And a quick peek at the garden..........at the row's west ends....fingerling potatos are on the way while marigolds, leeks, onions, tomatoes are growing: This doesn't often happen by June 1.....tomato plants are growing out of the TOP of the Kozy Coats already proving temps have been WARM here since we planted them: ****the aqua jackets are around all the hot peppers and will be until Jun 30.....unless it really DOES warm up and stay there. Here's a little task for next week.....these corn starts (Golden Bantam is this year's experiment) will go into the ground: HERBS are doing fabulous....we'll be eating cuttings within a week or two from: chives, oregano, sage, basil, rosemary, celery..... and the sprouted cilantro seeds will take 3-4 weeks. LETTUCE will begin getting trimmed and eaten in a week. Yum. Mac has carrots planted for himself in one row...............(no I haven't told him they're up yet). The curly willow trees we cut down last fall? some of those cuttings started sprouting....I've given away a couple and potted 3 more.....any takers? It's a good spring here.