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Took a nice walk around the yard today to see what's growing. The air was nice and cool but the sun was warm; a perfect combo. All the animals were out! The trout lilies have finished blooming now but here's a photo from about a week and a half ago.

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The wood poppies are still out and look pretty happy. I think they got bigger.

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The redbuds have flower buds but they're not open yet, so I'll check back later. I encountered a big frog on my way there. Northern leopard frog, I believe.

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Apple blossoms are out in our little orchard. We did a lot of tree trimming on them this year. One of our cherry trees was covered in blossoms and just buzzing with bees!

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A cute snake my husband saw the other day but I missed it. I'm hoping to see more snakes this year. Husband finally saw the weasel out there with me today! Weasel was harder to try to get a photo of though. It was cute and very curious about us. Probably a short-tailed or long-tailed weasel.

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Lots of other plants are coming up or budding. The musclewood tree we planted last year looks great so far this spring with lots of leaves. We also removed fencing (which we put up because we have way too many deer that eat everything) around 4 eastern red cedar trees. They outgrew their fencing super fast in the past 2 or 3 years, growing from about 1 foot tall when we planted them to maybe 4 feet now. It doesn't look like the deer have been eating the new growth on them, but nothing really stops them. When shopping for plants, always take that "deer-resistant" note with a grain of salt!
 

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I wish I had similar photos to share from my garden. Unfortunately "back winter" has struck us here in Finland, and there is a couple of inches of fresh snow. Not to mention that there is about two feet of snow in some parts of my garden, since it is quite shady. Ground is still too frozen to dig. I can't wait to be able to plant my crops outside and start building an outdoor enclosure with edible plants for my tort
 

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I wish I had similar photos to share from my garden. Unfortunately "back winter" has struck us here in Finland, and there is a couple of inches of fresh snow. Not to mention that there is about two feet of snow in some parts of my garden, since it is quite shady. Ground is still too frozen to dig. I can't wait to be able to plant my crops outside and start building an outdoor enclosure with edible plants for my tort
I wish we had received more snow this past winter. I'm anticipating a hot summer with dry conditions.

More colors to share! Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), a true ephemeral, so enjoy it while it lasts!

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The Jacob's ladder (Polemonium reptans) I planted last year bloomed. They produce a lot of flowers that add a nice color to a shady area.

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Both our trillium (Trillium sp.) and bellwort (Uvularia sp.) have bloomed. They live inside chicken wire because apparently deer go gonzo for bellwort. This is a low, shady area where water collects. I think it'd be neat to grow some mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) in this area too.

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The redbuds have finally opened! We have two of these and they've grown like weeds since we planted them, so seeing the blossoms is very rewarding. I saw a bee enjoying them too. The flowers aren't quite on the trunk like yours, Yvonne, but it is hard to tell. Maybe it's something they do when they're older?

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To update, snow has almost melted from our garden. Snow currently covers only the shadiest parts. The daily maximum temperature has stayed in the high 40s F (about 8 to 10 C) this week and I was able to forage Edwards first meal this spring from outside on Tuesday, some Ground Elder and Norway Maple sprouts. The ground is still mostly frozen up to 4 inches or about 10 cm in depth.

The only flower blooming in our garden currently is the Black hellebore (seen in the picture)20240429_111631.jpg, which is toxic to tortoises. Only a few native flowers bloom in our area this early.
 

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To update, snow has almost melted from our garden. Snow currently covers only the shadiest parts. The daily maximum temperature has stayed in the high 40s F (about 8 to 10 C) this week and I was able to forage Edwards first meal this spring from outside on Tuesday, some Ground Elder and Norway Maple sprouts. The ground is still mostly frozen up to 4 inches or about 10 cm in depth.

The only flower blooming in our garden currently is the Black hellebore (seen in the picture)View attachment 369946, which is toxic to tortoises. Only a few native flowers bloom in our area this early.
Lovely flower! As someone who loves cooler weather, I wouldn't mind seeing some more snow one last time until next winter. Too bad. :(
 

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Almost all the snow has melted, but the weather report unfortunately shows that the temperatures are bout to drop for the next 10 days. I have had to cover my potatoes, since temperatures are going to be freezing, at least for the next few nights.

On a positive note, the daffodils ('Tête-à-Tête') I planted last fall are finally starting to bloom! 20240506_104049.jpg
 

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Almost all the snow has melted, but the weather report unfortunately shows that the temperatures are bout to drop for the next 10 days. I have had to cover my potatoes, since temperatures are going to be freezing, at least for the next few nights.

On a positive note, the daffodils ('Tête-à-Tête') I planted last fall are finally starting to bloom! View attachment 370132
Cute! I like the small daffodils. I think our squirrels might dig up some of our many bulbs and bury them in different places.
 

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Recently my husband and I visited his parents, and after hanging out there for a few hours, we found our car with a new home in the making:

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The bird even left little muddy footprints across the windshield!

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Cute! I like the small daffodils. I think our squirrels might dig up some of our many bulbs and bury them in different places.
An European water vole hangs around in our yard sometimes and digs up bulbs in the winter, but somehow isn't interested in Daffodils or Day Lilies. We have tried to keep our garden true to it's original form from the early sixties, only removing and adding a few plants.
 

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My husband died in '83, and several years before he died he went on a motorcycle trip that had him coming home through the Mojave desert. He stopped at a roadside stand and bought me either a packet of saguaro seeds or a tiny 1" potted saguaro, I can't remember which. At any rate, for the past 50 or so years I've been kissing that saguaro's butt, keeping it alive. first in the greenhouse then in different clay pots and finally in the ground in my cactus garden.

This morning I was in the cactus garden strimmering the weeds and I happened to look up at the top of my 6 or 7' tall saguaro and this is what met my eyeballs:

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Blooming at 50 years of age! Can 'arms' be far behind???

(come to think of it, that's a 6' redwood fence behind the plant, so it's probably about 8' tall)
 

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My husband died in '83, and several years before he died he went on a motorcycle trip that had him coming home through the Mojave desert. He stopped at a roadside stand and bought me either a packet of saguaro seeds or a tiny 1" potted saguaro, I can't remember which. At any rate, for the past 50 or so years I've been kissing that saguaro's butt, keeping it alive. first in the greenhouse then in different clay pots and finally in the ground in my cactus garden.

This morning I was in the cactus garden strimmering the weeds and I happened to look up at the top of my 6 or 7' tall saguaro and this is what met my eyeballs:

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Blooming at 50 years of age! Can 'arms' be far behind???

(come to think of it, that's a 6' redwood fence behind the plant, so it's probably about 8' tall)
Congratulations, Will you get seeds?
 

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I have a lot of volunteer rose of Sharon bushes pop up every year. From full sun to heavy shaded areas. KIMG3378~2.JPGThe small leaves are the size I usually get from the full sun bushes and the larger ones are from bushes growing in shade. I just thought that it's an interesting difference in size.
 

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Hi!

The apple trees are finally flowering here in the north lol. Edward has been enjoying the petals that fall into his enclosure.
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My husband died in '83, and several years before he died he went on a motorcycle trip that had him coming home through the Mojave desert. He stopped at a roadside stand and bought me either a packet of saguaro seeds or a tiny 1" potted saguaro, I can't remember which. At any rate, for the past 50 or so years I've been kissing that saguaro's butt, keeping it alive. first in the greenhouse then in different clay pots and finally in the ground in my cactus garden.

This morning I was in the cactus garden strimmering the weeds and I happened to look up at the top of my 6 or 7' tall saguaro and this is what met my eyeballs:

View attachment 370795View attachment 370796

Blooming at 50 years of age! Can 'arms' be far behind???

(come to think of it, that's a 6' redwood fence behind the plant, so it's probably about 8' tall)
Congrats, indeed! That is stunning! ❤️

Hi!

The apple trees are finally flowering here in the north lol. Edward has been enjoying the petals that fall into his enclosure.
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Steve used to do that with rose of Sharon petals during his first outdoor time. :)
 

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KIMG3401.JPGKIMG3402.JPGThese are second generation seed started red maple trees. Years ago I started some red maples from seed. I didn't keep any of them, I gave them away to friends and neighbors. They started producing seeds so I started a couple more last spring. I've found a home for one of them and plan on keeping one. KIMG3403.JPGI'm going to plant it behind and to the right of the red lace leaf maple.
 

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View attachment 371715View attachment 371716These are second generation seed started red maple trees. Years ago I started some red maples from seed. I didn't keep any of them, I gave them away to friends and neighbors. They started producing seeds so I started a couple more last spring. I've found a home for one of them and plan on keeping one. View attachment 371717I'm going to plant it behind and to the right of the red lace leaf maple.
A lovely addition to the Japanese garden.
 

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About red maples. I remember that red maples are toxic to tortoises while ordinary maples aren't. What about red birch ((Betula pubescens f. rubra)? Does anyone know whether it is safe, or what makes red maple toxic compared to the regular maple?
 

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