Three weeks ago, the garden looked like this.
Things are filling in.
The lettuces, especially, look lush and spectacular, but the onions and shallots in the back, and the sweet peas in the middle bed, are also doing well. Those bright yellow flowers are the setting-seed TatSoi. I watched some bees on it yesterday who had so much pollen on their leg baskets that I was surprised they could fly. And notice -- we got a lot of the ivy off of that back wall. I'm going to have to paint that mural I keep planning! (Esperanza, are you there?)
Some of the old chicken yard fence came down, and the openness is nice. I may have to make a trellis for the small grape to the north of the apricot tree. That tree has lost its blooms -- let's just hope there was pollination because I saw NO bee activity on it at all. Humph.
In the alive hive, the bees were plenty active. I may have to pull a super soon, to get the spring honey off. Next sunny day. I thought they might have been thinking of swarming the other day, but I hope not. Guess I'll check carefully. I will also have to figure out a way to correct the drunken tilt of the stand, or make a new one. Always something!
And, jokes about being "a few bricks short of a load" aside, this is all that remains to be done on the reclaimed brick patio. Maybe 50-70 bricks. I know there are three in the chicken yard. . . We're enjoying the fireplace a lot.
It feels as though spring is really starting - like an engine revving right out of hearing range. So much fun.