I'm so excited; for the very first time the redbud (Cercis canadensis) is going to bloom. This is quite a feat, as the tiny sapling was completely uprooted by the squirrels shortly after I planted it.
Had the high today not been in the 30sF/around 1C, the flowering quince (Chaenomeles species) would probably have bloomed.
Let's think about something more pleasant now, the blooming of the doubled flowered rue anemone, Thalictrum thalictroides 'Cameo'.
One of the neatest native wildflowers has sprouted.
The stupid male cottonwood tree has started dropping its sticky flower casings and messy flowers all over the garden. That red thing in the above photo is one of the flowers. I spend literally hours every spring picking up the casings, as they stain clothes and get tracked into the house stuck to the bottom of shoes. Someday, that tree will be taken down.
Finally, a bit of fun. The downspout on the front of the house had been swinging loose and getting blown off, so I solved the problem by ditching the downspout and getting a rain chain. It's cheap ($25) faux-copper verdigris from Tuesday Morning.
Thanks goes to Mary Ann of Gardens of the Wild, Wild West for suggesting putting a pot under the rain chain. The pot is frost-proof ceramic, which will be turned upside down for winter. I think a larger pot would be even better in case of torrential downpours.
Next week is the last week of April, hard to believe as that may be with March level temperatures now, but really, it's got to change soon. Time to pull out the shorts.