I've always loved to garden, and living at a condominium doesn't really provide me with ample opportunities to dabble in the soil, but I try where I can.
So far this season has not been very favorable for most plants - the frigid winter damaged many of our rhododendron bushes, and the extremely dry spring has left everything struggling for water, making for a very slow bud-popping process.
Last fall, Larisa and I planted some spring flowers - tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths in a small flower bed near my house. After many cold, dry weeks, they have finally shown their full beauty this week.
The extreme drought conditions we have been seeing across the region have been very favorable for the grape vines, my 6 year old Chardonnay varietal is sprouting up pretty nicely after a heavy trim this spring.
I've set up a new vine line a bit further away from the wall of the house to provide access for future maintenance of the building. Hopefully the move hasn't hurt the harvest this fall.