I wandered around the garden a bit today thinking about what we’ve accomplished so far and what is to come. It’s exciting to see things starting to bloom and peek through the soil, but a bit overwhelming to think of all the work ahead. W has a detailed plan for the garden that he created using the software he wrote (www.smallfarmmanager.com), so each bed has a carefully designed plan for the season.\nRight now, the garlic is up and the bee hive is buzzing. You can see my second hive – the bright yellow top bar hive – on the left hand side. It’s bee-less right now, but is expecting company soon. The lambs ear appears to be completely unaware of the cold winter we just had and is thriving.\n\nW built a cold frame out of an old door from his parent’s house and its currently full of a lovely peppery lettuce mix that’s ready to be harvested.\n\nAround the yard flowers are coming up as well. Our hellebores always bloom just before anything else. I fell in love with them at a garden show a few years ago and returned with quite a few. We have two colors currently blooming at the front of the house.\n\n\nOur daylilly bed looks like its going to be spectacular – it’s amazing how quickly they spread. We started with some plants from a friend who was cleaning out a bed and now they’ve practically taken over a bed here.\nWalking around today, I noticed an ivy-like plant (I’m sure its a weed) climbing around the house with cute little purple flowers.\n\nLast but not least, our bee balm is once again spreading like wild fire. In the middle of this patch is a lovely plant whose name totally escapes me, but it always makes me smile when it first comes up because it appears to startlingly similar to asparagus.\n\nOverall, it’s been a beautiful weekend. I didn’t spend as much time outside as I wanted to (school work, laundry, and cooking took up a large portion of the weekend), but the time I did spent communing with the plants was wonderfully calming.