This first picture says the most: Wind.
Can you see the poor little apple blossoms trying to hang on for dear life? And today the wind is blowing even harder and from the opposite direction. I don't think they'll have much of a chance this year. Most years you can't see any green for all the pink there is.
I was wondering how the lilacs would turn out, since last summer I didn't prune them and they'd gone to seed. Happily, for some reason it didn't seem to matter. Plenty of blooms to enjoy looking at, and even extra to pick.
Some of my daylilies had me worried. There was a week of warm weather followed by two snow storms a few days apart. They had sprouted in the warm and then the snow came and gave them frostbite. Do you see their poor, crunchy brown tips? So sad.
But three weeks later...
If only my phlox showed signs of coming back so strongly. And don't even get me started on the poor strawberries...
But all in all, it's a good spring in our yard. The peonies started out with just a ferny hint of growth and overnight sprouted up to look like some sort of mutant asparagus. With the recent rain we've had the countryside has a lovely fuzz of green across it. I'll soak in the green with my eyes while it's here, because if this summer turns out anything like our previous summer, there will be a lot more of the tan color to look at again soon.
I hope I don't have to dampen my optimism when I go outside tomorrow to see what kind of havoc today's wind wreaked!