Sweet peas, roses, lavender... If nothing else, spring SMELLS amazing. It doesn't look bad, either, especially when put all the bounties of the garden (and, okay, add in the ridiculously cheap daffodils from Trader Joe's) into a bouquet like this one. I have had so many sweet peas and roses from my garden that I was able to make three bouquets to put around the house together with the daffodils (and, more recently, lavender from a neighbor in the community garden) and won't be surprised if I get three more in the coming weeks. They bring a smile to my face every time I look at (or get a whiff of) them.
The rest of the garden work this month has involved prepping the soil and putting in the first spring seedlings. My trip to Tomatomania on March 23 was quite the success. I picked up 12 varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings (only three for me, really) plus seedlings for baby spinach, basil, a Tabasco pepper and corn. Yes, corn. If you've read my accounts of the marauding squirrel eating each and very ear of corn I've ever grown, I'm a glutton for punishment and already trying to figure out what might work to keep her/him away this year. If you have any thoughts, PLEASE feel free to share.
We had a couple March storms go through (this year it came in like a lamb and went out like a lion) so I waited to put my tomato seedlings in until yesterday as we are expected to have three or four really nice sunny days in a row to help get them started. The three heirlooms I have planted in my garden are the Rose, the Paul Robeson and New Zealand Pink Pear. The others, which were passed out to various friends and family members, include Sasha's Altai, Czech's Bush, Sophie's Choice and, in the cherry variety, Chika, Aiko and Camp Joy. Spring. Sweet.