Friday, May 18, 2018

Spring at The Crooked Apple

Every year, when we finally thaw, I love walking around my yard and greeting the newly awoken residents of our home. Seeing a new year's growth and beauty after a harsh winter aligns with the emotions that I go through myself, so it's sort of a cathartic experience.

I took pictures a few different times over the past couple weeks, so it's kinda cool to see the progression of spring happening around here. The early photos were taken during the first week of May, and the more recent ones were taken this week.

See the moon? :)

A recent wind storm knocked a yellow jacket nest out of our oak tree and it
broke into pieces - so cool to see what it looks like inside!

Early chives!

And now they look like this! little chive blossoms are starting.

Nearby in the herb garden, our oregano and mint are growing like
crazy and sort of co-mingling!

I mentioned this in my IG stories, but every spring we have an explosion of striped squill
in our front yard. They take over the landscaping and the grass, and they're impossible to
contain! I secretly love them and I make little bouquets out of them.

Deer tracks! We see lots of deer in our yard this time of year.

I also spotted this...I'm calling it my little grass fairy! It's really a
helicopter seed from a sugar maple that started to sprout! I love it!!

The same wind storm that brought the yellow jacket nest down did this!! We have several dead
Ash trees in the back of our yard because of the emerald ash borer epidemic. They fall easily in
the wind, so we always keep the boys away from the woods if it's even a little breezy!

My lilac! This is my special one...Luke gifted it to me in 2010 with the intention of
planting it at our new house. It grew and grew for years, but it took 7 years for it to
finally produce flowers! I'm excited to see if I'll have lilacs every year!

Yes!! Early lilac blossoms from early May.

Check them out this week! They smell AMAZING!

We planted another lilac near our infamous crooked apple tree after my original lilac failed
to produce any flowers. We hoped that putting it in full sunlight would give us some flowers,
and while this one always flowers, it hasn't grown in size at all. It still makes me happy to
see blooms on it!

And here's that same bunch from this week.

Right next to that second lilac is a very small forsythia. I LOVE them! I think
maybe it's just that when you see all these yellow flowers emerge you KNOW
spring has officially arrived! They're so bright and happy!

And it's super cool when they start transitioning to their green summer leaves.

While I toured my yard to see what was new, I was shocked to find a THIRD
lilac growing by the fence! We've lived here for 8 springs, and I've NEVER seen
this one before!!! I don't know if it just took a hiatus from blooming the way my
Mother's Day lilac did, or if we transplanted a piece of the original and forgot that
we did, but I was happily surprised to find it!!!

Across the lot, we have a bleeding heart that Matt and I planted a handful of years ago. It has more hearts every year! This photo is from early May.

And this is from this week.

Love them!

I don't know what these are, but they are ground spready flowers that grow in the landscaping along
our fence all summer. I love their little bits of color.

And of course, our apple tree! This is its prettiest time of year!

I love a good apple blossom against a blue sky!

Their flowers are SO pretty!

Can you spot the bee towards the middle? He's HUGE!!!

I also spotted this cutie ;)

My boys gave me half a dozen flowers for Mother's Day between gifts and
the plant sale at school. I put them all together into this Rae Dunn planter
so they can all grow together. I love all of my sweet flowers!

It makes me SO happy when the trees all have their full-size leaves! They're
totally in, now (like as of Tuesday or Wednesday), but they have that delicate
feather-softness of brand new leaves. They haven't gotten their summertime
hardiness just yet, which makes them a little extra glow-y and sweet. This is
the view from my hammock beneath my favorite sugar maple in our back yard.

This was taken earlier in the month before the trees had mature leaves, but it was warm and summery,
and the birds were SO LOUD in that excited way just before dark. My backyard in warm weather
is my happy place!

Matt and I have been working on weeding and cleaning up the yard for multiple weekends now, and this weekend we hope to get our gardens going. We'll add basil to the herb garden and tomatoes to the raised beds, and this year I'm planning a tea garden! I can't wait!!

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