The winter wasn’t horrible, but it always is much too long. After months of being cooped up indoors, it’s nice to bask in the warm weather. Over the past week we’ve cut down the raspberries; the boys torn down the sunflowers; created a few new gardens; weeded and cleaned up the flower beds; continued to dig a big hole in the backyard in order to skim off enough soil to cover the hugelkultur pile (and it’s where I’ll mine the clay dirt for the cob projects I have in mind); burned a fair amount of the garden debris. Yes, I could bury the garden stuff in another hugelkultur pile, but you know what? I’m a pyro when it comes to spring burning. I love it. Most springs I’m bummed out because it’s much too windy to burn anything without fear of torching the entire neighborhood. Even so, I always keep the hose close at hand since I really, really don’t want to end up on the nightly news because of stupidity.
I need to look back at pictures, but I’m kind of surprised the golden currants and lilacs are starting to bud out. The currants typically bloom by the first part of May, although if the weather continues like this I bet it will be by the end of the month. Crocus are blooming. And the daffodils and tulips are about 4 inches high. The alliums have reseeded all over the place, which is fine because I can share them with friends. It does look like spring is here to stay! (Although I hate to say it out loud.)
This morning was fairly calm so we cleaned up a few more of the raspberry cane and sunflower piles. Afterwards, I transplanted several flats of basil and peppers, then grafted a few more tomatoes. Sam came out and decided to practice his violin in the greenhouse. He definitely appreciates the warm weather as much as I do. And it was very nice to do our daily reading outside on the blanket. Please, please let this weather stay!