Spring has officially sprung. The days have been absolutely stunning but (and it’s a BIG BUT) we are still severely lacking rain. We are supposed to get some rain this coming week but my hopes aren’t high that it will be much of anything. On the bright side evidence is strongly pointing to an El Nino event warm enough to change our fortunes in the coming months. The prediction is that it might be strong enough to rival the ’97-’98 El Nino that brought enough rain to California that plants that hadn’t been seen in 30 years in Death Valley, like the Gilmania luteola, started coming back (I was there during those years and got to see them). I’m not going to bet on this actually happening, but if it does, California may have a chance of getting ahead for once in regards to water.
I’m sure you’re tired of reading about the drought here though. So onward to more interesting stuff….
Like what we’ve got going on around here. It’s been so long since I’ve posted an overhead shot.
This shot was from back in May 2011. It was the first overhead shot I ever took. When a friend recently asked me to send her an overhead shot I realized that I didn’t have any that showed what our yard looked like today.
This is what our yard looks like now. Quite a change since 2011. Chicken house, shed, greenhouse, the trees are getting big. But what’s going on at ground level around here?
Our plants are getting big in the greenhouse.
And so are the kids. Johnny, at 4 months old, is nearly as big as his mom already. Granted she’s a small goat – our smallest actually – but he’s already pushing 35 lbs. compared to her 45 lbs.
The calendula is in full bloom.
And so is the iris.
The Black Tartarian cherry tree is in full bloom. This is the first year we’ve had this many flowers.
The Hosui Asian pear is blooming better than last year as well.
Same goes for the Indian Free Peach tree.
Our female kiwi vine is getting ready to flower as well. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the male kiwi is going to flower this year.
Our garlic is growing well.
And so is our asparagus. We are now getting about 12-16 oz per harvest which is just enough for a meal.
What is growing in your garden?