Having been away the better part of April, the garden grew in my absence. It was cold and it rained, the temperatures warmed up and it rained some more. After leaving a nearly bare garden I returned to one with lots of green and a first flush of flowers. Now, weeks later, the daffodils, crocuses and even tulips are behind us and irises and peonies are just about ready to strut their stuff.
Winter is progressing; a bit of cold weather, followed by a warm up, followed by a few cold days. Sometimes we get a wintry mix; sleet, rain, wet snow, other days it pours. Once ever so often the sun peeks out. So far there have been no blizzards and for that I am thankful.
This spring, while taking some pictures of the house, I noticed that it was barely visible behind a wall of green. Eleven years ago when we moved in, the builder had put in a few small trees and shrubs, as well as a lawn. While I was busy landscaping the backyard nature took over in front. Of course, I added a few flower beds around the trees in front, and then enlarged those. I moved plants from the back yard to the front and then added more. But while I was, literally, keeping my nose to the ground, those trees and shrubs were growing up and out and now was it time to do some pruning.