My surviving asparagus is looking much stronger this year. Not quite enough to harvest yet, but maybe by next year the crowns will have stored up enough energy to produce a good crop. My plum tree had a splendid fountain of blossoms, though I don't know whether it's old enough to start producing fruit yet. I do have a good set of early flowers on the raspberries, so that will be nice in a few months, and the same for the mulberry tree. The first spring artichoke is just about ready to harvest. Early indications are that I should get a fair number of gooseberries, which is kind of exciting, since I've never had them before.
While I was making a trip to the hardware store to pick up potting soil, I did have a bit of misfortune. I had taken my wheeled carryon bag to put my purchases into--the bag that had suffered years of use (and abuse) carrying heavy loads of manga all over Japan--and on the way home, one of the wheels finally gave out. I was sorry to see it go, but it had really served me well for a very long time...at least ten years. (Farewell, fair bag, you will be remembered fondly.) I put in an order for a new one today, so it should arrive in plenty of time to be useful during all my traveling this summer.