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Spring has sprung – FINALLY


Well folks, I’ve been back and forth about starting a blog for quite a while now, but I think I’m ready, so here goes!  Please be easy on me – it will probably take me awhile to get into the groove of what’s interesting by blog standards and what’s not.  Being married to Mr. Technology (a.k.a. Jake), it’s a wonder I’ve held out for so long, but I guess we can call this my Mother’s Day present to HIM.  And I finally feel like I have something blog-worthy to blog about: my incredible out-of-this-world tulips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I don’t usually use exclamation points with such candor, but trust me.  These babies DESERVE it.   Yes, despite the fact that I can’t keep an INDOOR plant alive to save my LIFE, my yard this year was a major success.  This post is a bit of a brag fest, so if you’re not up to it, I won’t judge you if you stop reading now and just wait for my next post…

I planted 120 tulip bulbs in various bunches all over our yard – two different varieties, but both pink – and they have ALL bloomed!  I was so shocked they actually grew, considering that I planted them in our clay/rock/mud flower beds in December.  And without further adieu, I present to you my tulips:

Pretty, eh?  Below is a view of almost our whole side yard.  You can see bunches of pink scattered tulips as well as the white blossoms covering our flowering pear tree on the left.

With winter holding on for dear life all the way through early May (I was NOT ONE BIT HAPPY about that), it was looking like we wouldn’t see any blooms, but our two Japanese flowering cherry trees have just barely started flowering.  And the blossoms are so cute!  See for yourself:

Here’s a close-up of the flowering pear tree blossoms.

And one more – our forgotten lilac bush made it through the winter and my neglect.  You’ve got the heart of a champion, lil’ buddy!  Lilac smells sooooooooo good…

And just for good measure, here’s one more of the tulips.

I think if I see these tulip bulbs at Costco again, I’ll get one bag of yellow and one of orange.  And  might try some hyacinth and daffodils for earlier blooming.  We’ll see.  Bulbs are a pain in the rear to plant because you’re digging huge holes in your yard in the COLD, but it’s soooooo worth it come spring!  So watch out Thanksgiving Point, next year’s Tulip Festival is at MY house.  Take that.