We've had a really miserable spring so far. I know that Winnipeg is in a climate with a shorter growing season, but this year's been ridiculous. We've had snow and cold and temperatures dropping below freezing up until a week ago. (It's still getting very cold at night.) As a result, my vegetable garden is very delayed. That's partially a relief, since we were getting the roof done this spring, and I knew that they'd have to put their ladders in my garden because the backyard is so small. But now that they're done, I want it to get warm - quickly! - so that I can get stuff in the ground and caught up! It's June, and our tulips and daffodils are just now blooming. That's very late. We never did see the crocus come up - I suppose they might have given this year a pass. The lilacs are several weeks behind, and the trees are almost finished putting out their leaves. Everything is late! (I feel very bad for the farmers here. They should have had their crops in the ground weeks ago, and are now having to consider planting other, less profitable crops. Some of their fields are still underwater from the spring flooding - those guys probably won't plant at all this year.) Anyway, I got out with the camera today to document what's been happening out there in my little corner of the world. A few years ago, I bought a pack of cheap Rembrandt tulip bulbs at the hardware store. Some of them were striped (faux "Rembrandt" flowers) like this, while others were solid. It was really hit or miss which ones came up, but the ones that did grow have done really well. I totally got my $5 worth! The daffodils came up! The daffodils came up! They send up leaves almost every year (sometimes they don't, and I figure they're dead - but they come up the next year) but the flowers are super rare for some reason. I think the problem is that usually, our spring is about a week long: we go from -20C to +10C to +30C in about two weeks. This year, the cool period has been stretched out, so the daffodils were able to put on an appearance. I don't think I'll ever be planting more daffodils. They just don't seem to do very well here. Some more of my bulk sale tulips. The orange one on the right got a bit battered by the hail storm we got on Monday (marble-sized hail, eek), but seems to have recovered. In the back you can sort of see my ornamental grasses putting on a growth spurt, trying to get caught up with the warmer weather. My vegetable garden, almost (finally) completely planted. I just need to pick up a flat of tomatoes and something else (I'm thinking broccoli) to fill in the last bed.