About three weeks ago...
I've spent lots of time in my yard collecting branches and picking up sticks. The fella spent about three hours last Sunday trimming up giant branches so that the trash guys would pick them up without complaint. I'm a little tired of seeing this giant pile of brush at the end of my driveway, so I hope they will make their neighborhood yard trash rounds soon.
The tulip trees have already bloomed and faded, so have the Bradford pear trees and the cherry trees and some species of dogwoods. The trees aren't as pretty right now as they were a week or two ago, but it does smell better outside, at least. My daffodils are long gone; they peeked their heads up at the end of February and didn't last that long unfortunately. This is always the time of year that I wish I'd planted tulips. My neighbor has some that are simply beautiful. My peonies have popped up out of the ground, but their blooms are at least a few weeks away. The resurrection lilies have great, lush greenery too, but there are no slim, pink stalks of flowers in sight just yet. I find myself looking out the back door daily to check on the progress of those peonies and resurrection lilies; maybe that's a sign of old age. The birds are back with a vengeance. In my yard, there are several cardinals and redbirds who have made their home as well as a pesky woodpecker or two. I'm trying to appreciate their beauty even though I don't particularly care for birds in general.
What a different a few weeks make, right? I can't wait to see how things look in a few more weeks. Plus, it's almost time to plant my flowerpots and hanging baskets. Here in KY, the rule is not to plant anything tender until at least Mother's Day weekend. How is spring progressing where you live?