A new season in the garden has begun. Weeks ago M started seeds for a number of spring crops including bok choy, broccoli, lettuce, celery, cabbage, watercress, kale, and so on. He's been working hard in the garden during the longer evenings to work the soil and plant. Sugar snaps have been sowed in the ground and spinach plants that over-wintered are looking healthy and tasting sweet. He has also planted more onion starts as well as new fruit trees; two peach, one apricot, one pear, and a plum. A few days ago, on a less than springy afternoon, the first daffodils showed their sunny faces. I brought in three to brighten the kitchen. Also, we broadcast some poppy seeds, in a patch among other poppy varieties that sowed from the fall. Craving color, I planted some midnight blue pansies in planters for the front porch. Inside, a few of our cactuses are blooming, including the golden star. Inspired as always by nature, I have been working on several botanical pieces, a peek of one you see above in progress. I always have loved drawing from life. Soon, I'll share more of these pieces, and what I have planned for them.
Now as I type this, snowflakes are falling outside.