Just a few weeks ago we were out trimming back the dead branches from the bushes around the house. A few perennials were starting to come up, but it looked pretty bare everywhere.
In the last two weeks we've had an explosion of new leaves and plant growth!
I don't know the names of all of our plants, but our parents have helped us out with some... In the back these lilies have shot up.
I don't know what this is, but was really surprised to find it where we had pulled out a bunch of long, dried straw shoots from last year. We have a few of them along the side of the house.
Here's our lilac - it's a deep purple! The shrubs in the background include Russian sage and a yellow dogwood.
I had spent an afternoon pulling dried, dead stalks out of the rocks in front of our house. I was starting to worry that I had dug too roughly, because nothing was coming up, even after the rest of the yard was coming back to life. But, this area gets the least sun and just last week Papa found these bright purple shoots. The kids and I call them "monster finger plants" until we figure out what they really are.
Here's our apple tree - it has white blossoms and we're kind of disappointed with how few blossoms it has.
The dogwood and plants near the driveway. These really filled out their beds nicely. You can see a deep pink crab apple tree across the street. We had a tree like this in the backyard when I was young. It smells so good that I try to walk by it with the kids whenever possible.
We didn't know what to expect from the yard this spring and I really like how things are going so far, especially considering that we haven't had to do much ourselves yet. We planted the raspberries and some flower seeds and will plan to modify some of this landscaping at some point, but it's nice to see what we have to work with.