Ready For Spring?

Why am I saying this when it is fall? Because I got a bunch of spring flower bulbs planted yesterday so that I FINALLY get some new plants to photograph in the spring. Hopefully. I’d planted some of these types in the past, but for some reason, I don’t have them growing in my yard. Either something ate them or they didn’t survive for some other reason. Fingers crossed, these actually make it.

I planted two different types of crocus, a new hyacinth (that should give me 5 different ones if they all come up), and 4 different types of daffodils. I’m really excited about this as I’ve been wanting to do this for years, but I only ever think about it in the spring when they are all in bloom. I never can remember to do something about it in the fall, when you are supposed to be planting the bulbs, but I actually remembered this year. Go me!

Last Of The Rose Of Sharons

Not just the last this year, but quite possibly the last from this bush as it doesn’t look like it is going to survive. It was doing amazingly well for years, but this year a large piece of it died back. Hubby trimmed it  and it looked like the rest of the bush was going to snap out of it, now the whole thing looks like it is barely hanging in there. It breaks my heart as that bush is huge and has been the one to hang on with so many other plants in my yard didn’t make it through.

Almost Bloom

I have one of my mums just now starting to show some color and petals. I have 2 or 3 different colors (I honestly can’t remember if one is different or not) and this is the only one that is starting to put on color, so I have a little ways to go before I get some actual flowers.

I’m hoping that the storm we had blow through here last night didn’t do too much damage. I’m not certain I’ve ever been in a storm that kept dropping hail for that length of time before. It would start, hail for a few minutes, then drop off to nothing or almost nothing. Within 10 minutes or less, we’d get another round. And we aren’t talking little pebble or pea sized hail, either. This pattern kept repeating for almost 2 hours. It was a little freaky to say the least.

Hail With Size Scale Reference
Hail With Size Scale Reference

We also got a ton of amazing lightning. I took advantage of the opportunity and attempted to get a decent shot, trying out what worked well the last time by doing a video. Turns out, I’m an idiot. I had managed to capture this incredibly amazing mass of bolts. It was stunning to watch. I saw it show up on my camera screen so I knew I managed to get it. I got to edit it out of the video only to realize I didn’t have it completely focused, probably because I was shooting through the glass door and it was rain coated. I could have cried. I had this epic, probably damn near one in a million shot and I was out of focus. *sigh* It looks okay when I keep it REALLY small.

Very Blurry Web Of Lightning Bolts
Very Blurry Web Of Lightning Bolts

It’s A Baby Lemon!

Yes. I know. It isn’t yellow.

I was making homemade lemonade and was inspired by the mess and all the seeds to attempt to grow a tree. I honestly didn’t expect the seeds to sprout as much of what you buy in a store has sterile seeds unless it’s organic. I didn’t know one way or the other with what I’d bought. A little over 2 weeks later, I had a sprout. I planted 8 pots, a couple I dropped more than one seed in because it looked a little anemic. I now have 9 little sproutlings growing (2 of my pots have yet to show) and I have no clue what I’m going to do with them all as lemon trees don’t grow here. I figured I’d get lucky to get one.

Still, it is really cool. My kids, even being teenagers, got crazy excited about these. They’d come home from school and most days would make a beeline to where they were to check to see if they’d sprouted yet.

My goal is to attempt to keep at least one of them alive to live in the house. I’m not a black thumb when it comes to plants, but I tend to forget they need water. The few I do have living have been so well conditioned, they could probably now survive the worst drought in history.