Last year, on the 15th of April, the soil was thawed and warmed enough that I planted my Sweet Pea flowers in the garden alongside the trellis I had erected for them to climb on.
This year . . . conditions are a little different.
Although all of the raised beds are free of snow as is all but the bottom couple of feet of the field garden, there's still up to a foot of snow in some of the lower areas.
This is our raspberry patch and
part of our
Our temp is actually going to reach 50 degrees today (okay, maybe with a little boost of my warm finger on the bulb of the thermometer when no one is looking), and we're expecting even warmer temps in the next several days.
The pond is free of ice and the adult geese and ducks are enjoying it immensely. Of course, now when I want to get a picture of them splashing around, the pond is devoid of water fowl. They all must be up by their pens taking an afternoon siesta.
First thing this morning, we had six wild Mallards swimming on the pond. We saw only two or three all season last year in contrast to the forty-some we've had hanging around other years. We're really hoping they'll make a comeback this year.