I love winter in Northern Colorado but I can't say I'm sorry to see this one end. It seemed we had more snow on the ground for longer periods of time, and the sun spent way more time behind clouds than I like.
When the first crocuses bloomed near my front door, I was thrilled. Then came the hyacinths and daffodils. Now my tulips. The first were these yellow beauties. The day I took this photo, they were wide open to enjoy the sun. We're going through a cooler spell now, so they've closed up until the air warms again.
When I was a kid, we had a wild, tangled rose bush that grew beneath the black cherry tree. The roses were this same shade of yellow, and they always bloomed around my birthday. Maybe that's why I'm so partial to yellow flowers.
In the top right hand corner of this photo you can see a tiny glimpse of one of my three lavender plants. I planted them last summer and they seem to be doing well. I trimmed off the dead spikes a couple of weeks ago and even the dried stems gave off a lavender scent and perfumed my dirty work gloves.
For those of you who read my earlier post about hunting for composting worms, I did find another garden center that had plenty of red worms on hand. My composting bin is full of fruit and veggie debris, a bit of soil, and 300 hungry worms. I'm thinking about starting a second bin now.
There's a lot to do in my yard this year. I tackle these chores a little bit at a time. Today I plan to make my first trip of the spring to Home Depot and back to one of the garden centers.
Tomorrow I'll continue the A to Z Blog Challenge with the letter "P" (and start worrying about what I want to write when I get to "Q").