My garden continues to advance into spring. My second camellia has bloomed, and it is every bit as lovely as I had hoped. Most of my trees and shrubs are beginning to break their winter dormancy. It's always a relief to see that they are still alive. I harvested my fenugreek greens yesterday...a task which mainly consisted of picking off the leaves and trying to avoid the aphids. After blanching, I wound up with about 2.5 cups of greens. That's not terrible for a winter experiment, I suppose, though it pales next to the bounty that the sugar snap peas are providing.
Indoors, I planted the seeds for my summer vegetable and herb crops. This year I will mostly be planting one each of many different varieties, in an attempt to see which ones fare best here. In particular, I will be trying eight varieties of tomatoes, seven varieties of basil, and four varieties of hot peppers.
I'm continuing to pick my backyard dandelion blossoms. They're quite productive. It's time-consuming to strip all the green bits from the petals, but so far I've collected two cups. It takes at least a quart to make a decent batch of wine, so this will be an ongoing project.
I stopped at the local nursery yesterday to pick up a few supplies, and I found myself seduced by their display of flowers. I stocked up on a number of perennial bulbs plus a tree peony. Now I just have to find time (not to mention space) to plant them all. It's a shame that the weather is so chilly today; it makes me want to stay indoors. Maybe it will warm up later in the morning.