Last year, for Mothers' Day, my daughters and I went to the nursery and bought lovely annuals to fill the planters on my back patio.
This year, my lovely daughter (BookWorm) took me to see Gatsby.
I did have a moment when I wished we could go buy flowers too, but I realized that I'd not yet done the work that needs to happen before I can fill the back porch with flats of blossoms. Just the thought of sweeping up the dead leaves, and pulling the old dead plants and new unwelcome volunteers (weeds) out of the planters was enough to rest in the fun of popcorn and flappers.
So... my planters remain lifeless and drab. But the yard is doing it's thing!
The fruit trees bloomed and are now all leafed out and green. The volunteer strawberry plants are spreading and blooming --- I see lots of strawberries in our future (perhaps this year we'll pay attention and pick them).
The lilac tree (I swear I thought it was a bush when I bought it ten years ago, but it's two stories tall now) outside the kitchen window is blooming -- has bloomed. The only flowers left worth oohing over are dangling outside BookWorms window. I almost missed this one, since from the patio it's hidden by arbor vitae, and from the kitchen it's hidden by the very showy crab-apple (whose flowers are also fading).
The lilac bushes behind the gazebo are starting to bloom. Their buds are still closed tight, looking dark and mysterious. But soon, they'll burst open and flood the yard with that sweet smell.
The lilac tree in the far back of the yard is blooming a bit. This is it's first year for blooms, and there aren't as many as I'd like, but I caught them just in time to pick two for the living room. Such lovely frail flowers!
What? you don't have three (four) different varieties of lilacs in your yard? Poor thing. Having the varieties means you get lilacs for weeks and weeks, not just a few days. We even get some in the fall... I've got one fall blooming lilac.
But the lilacs aren't alone. The Wisteria are going like gangbusters this year. The one on the porch is putting on the best display I've ever seen. Now I understand the wisteria stained glass window! And... the wisteria in the back on the arbor is blooming for it's first year.
(I wonder, is it the drought last year? or the insane amount of rain from this year that's doing this? If it's the rains, we can duplicate it with mad early watering next year (but I'm pretty sure I won't).
The phlox and sedum and the Canterbury bells are blooming in the front yard.
One of the clematis is blooming by the bridge.
It's all glorious enough (almost) to get me to ignore the water grass that's taking over the front beds and the forest worth of "volunteer" mulberry trees that we'll need to hack down/pull out and otherwise do away with.
(and yes, there are pictures ... and no the phone still isn't releasing them)