We've taped off an area of our back porch because we have two birds building a nest under the spider plant in the corner. They tried this spot a couple of years ago, but I poured water on the plant not realizing they were there. They flew away in a fury. Now, they are back and I'm reminded not to sit in my favorite chair on the back porch for a few weeks.
A gardener is a natural observer. I look at each plant to see the difference in growth from one day to the next. I listen to the bees that swarm around the Japanese Maple and Liquidambar blossoms each year, I count and record the number of bees and varieties of other pollinators on the plants in the garden, and I watch the sun bake out the moisture from the ground. Spring is a good time to watch the stages of life. I sit on a stool in our backyard and draw the flowers as they change from buds to full flowers. As I sit this morning, raindrops land on my page and I hurry to finish the cally lilies before I get wet.
One is just hanging on to life, one has died, and the other three are in various stages of flourishing -- differences in the amount of sun, water pooling or other possibilities? Another good experiment to determine what went wrong. Gardening is a series of 'what went wrongs' followed by an occasional great success because a blooming plant is in the best possible place for growth. Consider these roses from our backyard.
What do you do to enjoy the best of Spring?