Between cool snaps and dark windy days, there are a few warm, sunny, glorious hours. Spring is sneaking in.
We've seen a few swallows, a bat, and lots of mosquitoes and gnats. (I've had two itchy bites already.)
It's not really planting time yet though. At the gardening conference, I tried tying my hands behind my back to keep me from buying any plants so early.
But they had Sun Golds. Last year after reading a book about a New York couple's adventures in market gardening, I looked everywhere for Sun Golds, the cherry tomato that they had praised to the heavens. No joy. I could find the seeds, but they need to be started indoors and there's just no room.
So when a vendor at the conference had Sun Golds, I had to get them. And then I figured I might as well get a few other things as well.
While the tomatoes are in an aggravating "outside during the day - make sure they're out of doggie reach - remember to bring them in at night" arrangement, the lettuce and broccoli could go in the ground right away.
Which of course was a powerful signal to mother nature, to unleash a hail storm and days upon days of rain.
I took these pictures last weekend, before all the bad weather came to town. If sound were an option, in the background you'd hear a husband and a dog begging me to hurry up and quit taking so long.
Bloodroot. One of my favorite spring wildflowers. Even the latin name has blood in it: Sanguinaria canadensis. It looks dainty, but it must be tough if it has the name "Canada" in it and can live in Alabama too.
Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides or Anemonella thalictroides). A magnified bloom. In real life it's less than an inch (2.5 cm) across.
Toothwort. The genus used to be called dentaria, alluding to the roots that look like teeth, but was changed to cardamine. (If you know why, clue me in.) There are lots of species of toothwort. I think this one is Cardamine concatenata. I've read that you can eat the peppery roots, but I haven't tried it.
Toothwort close up.