And what exactly is a flower if not a promise?
A promise of good things to come, with some patience and a little luck.
The Ozark Beauty strawberries are growing like gangbusters - so pretty as groundcover and with a berry bonus, if we can beat the chipmunks and birds to them.
Cucumber - bush pickle - is a new one for me this year. The furry little spines covering the leaves and tendrils are quite endearing.
Tomatillo plants are another first this year and have also started flowering - these will be purple rather than the more standard green.
Early Bird Garden peas - experimental variety - sound ominous but were freebies with my seed order. I'll be pinching off some of the tender shoots to add to salads - for a remarkable pea-like flavor - and to encourage the plants to grow more robustly. I tried these last year, but a combination of neglect and shadow from the tomato plants did them in.
It's hard to imagine this glossy green nub will become a nectarine - Hardired dwarf variety.
And my pride this year rests in this fuzzy beauty, one of the few frost survivors on the Goldcot Apricot tree. It may not be more than a nibble or two, but it will be worth the wait.