to push the growing season. There certainly haven't been many warm, gentle days to lull a gardener into feeling secure enough to plant early. Unless there is a dramatic turnaround, this gardener will most likely be planting late and that hardly ever happens.
The first lily-flowered tulip has opened. One lone 'Ballade' variety lights up the back corner of the garden in front of the terra cotta bird cloche.
Speaking of birds, a robin that has been faithfully sitting on her clutch of eggs outside my kitchen window (for close to two weeks) had a horrible day. I wish I could have helped her but I was too late spotting trouble ~ those dastardly grackles took three eggs out of her nest right under my nose:
It makes me mad and sad at the same time.
I've usually had success running them out of the yard by this date but my neighbor has made it infinitely harder by continuing to feed them. I'm sure that's how they spotted her. I know it won't be long before they get the final egg and that breaks my heart.
Meanwhile, this weekend will be another cold one ~ in the 40's with a chance for snow (!!) and rain. ugh. I guess we'll keep waiting for a warmer forecast....