Finally. I was beginning to think we’d somehow landed in that Twilight Zone episode where the Earth is moving away from the sun.

But low and behold, green things are appearing in the yard:



Tulips! who knew?

There’s  random assortment of daffodils coming up, too, just to the right of the shot above.

I’m not convinced that the Dr. Seuss Tree is going to make it, though – it was a really hard winter, and it’s looking… less than lively, compared to the rest of the yard.



There is a random assortment of grasses, which is encouraging.


And more tulips popping up:


Plus we’ve cleared out all of the construction trash left when we took down the potting shed, so we are no longer bringing down the tone of the block. (Much to the relief of all the neighbors.) Now we just need to go over the yard with a fine-tooth comb to make sure we have all the glass picked up. That should be fun. (ha.)

But at least things are growing, and the weather’s getting better.

Plan of attack for this year is to put in a vegetable garden in the raised beds, and just watch the rest of the yard to see what comes up/survived the winter (and our total inattention for most of the fall last year). So far, we’ve got buds on both the lilac and the apple tree, and the holly seems to be coming back. There is some sort of voracious tree species that is determined to make ours a wooded lot, so we’ve been doing a lot of digging those up. (I like a tree, truly, but I don’t need 42 of them!)

Inside, I’ve started the tomatoes and the thyme, with surprising results:



They seem to be thriving – this image is actually from a couple of weeks ago – there are about 40+ tomato plants now, all about 3-4″ tall. Yay! The thyme is soooo tiny that I’m just hoping it will actually yield a useable amount by the end of summer. At this rate, we’ll be lucky to get a tablespoon out of them.

I’m tentatively planning to plant the seedlings and the rest of the veggie seeds in the 3rd week of May – we should be well past frost (knock on wood) at that point. We’ll see. You can’t really trust Chicago weather in the spring… or the fall. Or the summer…. oh, nevermind.



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