Time for a little Wednesday night stream of consciousness ramble. My little broccoli seedlings that I planted on Monday is already up. And it's warm enough in the back room that I didn't even use the heat mat. I will probably start my tomatoes and peppers soon. I still don't trust this lovely weather. Even though the forecast for the next 10 days is still calling for warm weather I have a hard time believing we won't get cold weather still. After all, it is still March. My seed potatoes are scheduled to arrive the first week of April. Usually I would be worried that the ground would be frozen. Now, it will be quite warm for planting them. Go figure.
Not much else is happening here. Work has been busy, the weather has been warm and the boxelder bugs have been incredibly annoying. I must say I really, really dislike finding floaters in my coffee in the morning. And those darn bugs appear to be feeding on my little seedlings and my experimental celery start. I've never had a problem with them before but I wonder if it's because they have come out so much earlier than usual.
A fruit update: My bush cherries are blooming and the big apple tree is ready to explode into bloom. I haven't checked the little trees yet but I'm looking forward to getting a little bit of fruit off them this year. They have now been planted for 2 years and I'm hoping for a little reward. At least off the pear that is now probably close to 12 foot tall. It really grew like mad last year. The blueberries are leafing out slowly but the currants look pretty good- at least 2 of them. The third bush looks like quite a few branches died. It wasn't looking too good last fall already- it lost a lot of leaves early. I'll have to see how much I need to prune out after it gets its leaves.
And speaking of plants that don't seem to be coming back- of all things, I think my sage died! I has survived every winter since we've been here- even with blizzards and sub-zero temps- so I can't imagine that it would have winter killed- but it isn't leafing out at all. I'll give it some time yet before I decide that it is a goner for sure. I'm hoping that with this early spring I'll have plenty of time to get the herb spiral constructed this spring. Then I'll get a new sage bush. But, the lavender is growing like mad. Of course, everything seems to be growing like mad- except for my cabbage seedlings. sigh....