Despite the chilly temperatures this fine April morning, Spring is springing. I have daffodils showing off their pretty little heads in the beds out front. The grass is greening up. The first lawn waste pick-up of the season hauled away two large bags of leaves, twigs, and weeds for us yesterday. The trees on either side of us (we live in a townhouse) are in full bloom.
I'm just a little worried about my little Japanese maple in the front yard. It's not showing signs of budding yet. We moved into this townhouse in October 2006, and the tree was still showing off its beautiful red leaves at that point. I don't remember when it budded last year, but I know that it did seem to dump its leaves all at once. I mentioned to my husband that we should talk to the next door neighbor about cutting back his willow a bit. It's starting to crowd out the sun for our little maple tree.
It may seem like such a small thing to worry about, but I love the foliage that I have. I'm going to have my work cut our for me this season, as I need to replace some rose bushes that have become diseased and frail. (Good thing my hubby doesn't look at me that way, huh?) If I do any vegetables at all, it will be in containers on the deck, because my backyard doesn't get enough sun.
I don't want to have to replace the tree, too. I'll be watching those branches with interest, waiting for those first buds. Hoping that I don't have to replace a tree. Ugh.
How are your gardens growing?
Peace - D