These are the tulips by the side door - the one where I planted 10 bulbs - 10 came up last year. And then this year... well, actually two so twice as good as I was predicting. I didn't get the pansies planted, so they're just hanging by themselves. Kind of cute little blooms - and the foliage is burgundy striped, so that's cool. But next fall I have to remember to get some other bulbs planted here.
Here are my new hyacinths in bloom - I think the yellow must be a little later because all I have so far are the blue. The name was Delft Blue - they smell wonderful, of course, and are very pretty.
This is another species tulip - very, very tiny - the leaves are similar in size to scilla leaves. I think these are adorable. Several up, but only a couple in bloom so far. They take a beating - they're planted along the fence, so whenever the dogs have to check out what the neighbors are doing they run right over these. But I guess they can hold their own! This is the second year for these guys.
And look how much the rhubarb is growing. The temps have been great here - looks like we'll get some rain today and we really could use it. I expect lots of things to just pop - grow several inches - after it rains. We put the lake pump in yesterday, but I'm glad I won't have to use it right away. Lake water is great, but nothing beats real rain.
And I leave you with my pontoon. It's a beater boat - 20 feet long, basic interior. I wanted something the dogs and I could take out when Mark is traveling. Something so they could get out of the sun, and I could easily get back to the dock. This is perfect. Last summer it was used several times for an afternoon with girlfriends, sisters, and neighbors - a day of food and drink, floating on the water, and lots of gabbing. It might not look like much, but it is FUN!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PATTI! A day late - but I hope you were camping and horseback riding all weekend, and won't get a chance to check this until tonight anyway!