May began for us as it usually does – with a cheerful bouquet of flowers on the front step…
…compliments of a gardening neighbor who is as thoughtful as she is talented. I look forward to this treat every year.
These daffodils smelled so good!
Do you see the little visitor that came in with them? I didn’t notice him until after I’d taken the picture. He is now a resident of our front yard, as I’m not the sort that kills hitchhiking spiders.
The dog walks are getting more and more interesting these days as things continue to wake up in neighborhood yards. This shrub is one of my favorites, though I’m not sure what it is. Spiraea, I think.
And the Magnolia trees peaked this past week. They’re always such a treat to see, especially against a bright blue sky.
In our own yard, the radishes are up…
…and the dandelions have appeared in force.
I started to weed these the other afternoon, and then I saw a honeybee out and remembered a beekeeping friend told me once that in early spring dandelion flowers provide a much needed food for bees. So, I stopped my weeding and left the dandelions alone. It was hard to do – part of me really wants clean, tidy, “weed” free beds…but bees are important too. More important, I think, than clean, tidy, “weed” free beds.
Nearby, the ferns are emerging.
These seem to pop up overnight and unfurl in a matter of hours. They’re such enthusiastic things! They fill a space that I haven’t been able to grow anything else in, so I’m grateful for their yearly appearance.
Indoors (at the time of this photo, but now on the front porch)…
…the Cactus. I continue to enjoy watching this latest “frond” emerge. It isn’t progressing as fast as the ferns, but it’s still fascinating to see. Also – it makes me think of the Southwest, which is a region very dear to my heart.
From the dining room table, with a candle lit, coffee brewing, and bossa nova playing in the background,