We’ve had more rain than snow this winter. It’s weird, but it makes it feel like spring is just around the corner!
It’s been so rainy and wet this spring, I’ve barely been able to get out in the gardens much at all. I’ve picked up leaves a few times, clearing out those that I used as mulch on the perennial beds, but haven’t done much else. The rain has been clearing the gutters, though, so I guess that’s some consolation.
We had such warm temperatures this past week that most of the snow melted, and it’s been raining lightly but steadily all morning, so I think any remaining snow has disappeared. I don’t even mind the rain, because my crocuses are coming up!
Some of the other front garden plants seem to have survived the winter, including the blue sea holly:
the periwinkle vinca:
and the Snow-in-Summer:
Things in the back yard are looking pretty good, too. The asparagus isn’t growing yet but still looks pretty:
The hyssop is green at the center:
and the garlic is sprouting:
Hooray for Spring!
More pics on Flickr.
A friend of ours gave us the heads-up today that there was an advance screening of Ninja Assassin at the Emagine Novi tonight, so we printed up some tickets and headed over. I hadn’t really heard anything about this movie but I was quite pleasantly surprised.
The movie starts off quietly with a scene that could come out of any martial arts flick, but very suddenly the violence cuts in and it’s ON. There’s no shortage of blood and guts and the style of editing is edgy, jumpy, and as frenetic as the ninjas themselves. Sometimes the action moves so quickly you can’t even tell what’s happening, and then it slows down dramatically so you can savor the ridiculous, gratuitous, awesome violence money shot.
The primary ninja is portrayed by Korean pop-star and Colbert nemesis Rain. He’s ripped as all get-out and one of his main talents seems to be glaring through wet bangs, but he is pretty convincing as a warped rogue ninja bent on destroying the bastards who raised him to be such a monster.
I’d definitely pay to see this movie and I recommend it for all martial arts fans and those who enjoy over the top action.
Well, not really. It’s another rainy day, but I’m glad to see that it’s helping a lot of our flowers bloom. I didn’t plant these iris and tulips together on purpose, but they compliment each other nicely.
I am totally digging these variegated tulips. I can’t remember when I planted them or where I got them, but they are really pretty.
My lone allium is getting ready to bloom. It looks neat with rainwater on it.
And I think this tulip looks like a baby bird beak does poking up out of a nest.
More photos at Flickr, n’est-ce pas.
It’s been looking like rain for a couple of days, but today it finally actually arrived.
The sun came out after, which meant I got to snap some nice pics. The pollen was puddled in a bunch of the black tulips like the one above. On the photo below, you can see a wee spider hanging out.
The irises I was having trouble identifying last month are now getting ready to bloom and they look like they’ll be a gorgeous color!
I’ve seen some posts lately about people’s opinions of violets – are they weedy and should be removed, or are they pretty and should be embraced? I’m of the latter school. They volunteer and have pretty flowers and relatively attractive foliage, so why not?
The red maple outside our front window is a strange shape (it has three main trunks, none of which is particularly dominant) but it’s leafing out like crazy and is sort of stunning in the sunlight.
More photos at Flickr.
We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately, but interspersed with some nice, warm sun. Perfect weather for the garden! Things are sprouting up all over. Well, not really, but they’re sprouting.
The tulips out front have also been benefiting from the good weather.
Finally, we’ve had a few people out to give us estimates on tilling the front yard. I still see value in doing that, but I’ve been reading up on a few websites that recommend not tilling – just leaving the mulch in place and digging holes to plant things and letting the mulch keep out the weeds until the perennials fill in. I took a peek and the grass is totally composted/smothered/gone underneath the mulch! I was sort of afraid that there would be a bunch of matted grass under there, but hooray, there’s totally not! Which means that tilling may be much less important than I previously anticipated. It would definitely be nice to save that money for other purposes. Most of the plants I’ve ordered for the front yard haven’t arrived yet, but my Seed Savers order for the front yard came today.
I can’t wait to start planting, but I will, because I want to be able to really see the whole big picture when I’m placing things.
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