Guess what, YEG? I survived the winter. And if you’re reading this, so did you! Congratulations! It was one of the mildest and shortest winters I can remember, but still, this is Edmonton, so let’s go ahead and congratulate ourselves.

One of the great things about having a blog like this is being able to look back at past years and see what was happening at this time last year. That’s how I know that at this point in the Spring of 2015, my yard/garden looked exactly as awful as it does right now, and it’s ok, because I (mostly) fixed it. It gives me faith! I will implement my “just start” strategy and effect a change. (Goal for 2016 gardening season: Make my blog sound 150% more business-lingo-y!)

It’s also how I know that last year the cherries were in bloom by May 12th, and they’re also in bloom right now, 10 days earlier:

Left: Evans; right: Juliet. That’s all gonna be fruit for my belly.
The photo above the title is an ornamental double-hanging plum. It’s a beautiful riot of colour at this time of year, even though its leaves haven’t even really opened:


Last year it barely flowered, and the wind blew the flowers off within a couple of days. But for now, the sun is shining, the climate is possibly permanently screwed up, the cherries are blooming, and things will grow. These are mostly good things. Let’s party. And get to work.

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