Spring is officially several days away, and some of my plants are waking up early to greet it. The pictures above are of two of my three hydrangea bushes (Endless Summer in the ground and Brestenburg in a pot). If this year is anything like last year, I expect these guys to be in full bloom by May. I mentioned that these pictures are of 2 of my plants. The third hydrangea, also Endless Summer, looks quite dead; there are no buds on any of the stems. It never really grew as well as its brother--it was always small and puny looking-- and I wonder if something got to it or the soil quality on that side of the yard just wasn't enough to keep it strong. I need to do a little more research on this one to determine what to do with it, if it is in fact dead.
What else is blooming--my jalapeno pepper plant! This plant was started from seed and is now in its third year. It's in a container and has done very well. Right now we have it inside by an east-facing window to get as much sunlight as possible. It has two flowers plus one that looks like it's about to open. You can see it in the picture above. I'm excited to see if it produces as much fruit as it did the previous two years and what the taste will be lik (they've been fairly mild).
Two weeks ago I started some bell peppers (top) and and tomatoes (bottom) indoors. I think they're progressing nicely. The bell pepper seeds are leftover from last year's crop and they're a mixed variety of colors. I'm hoping to get a purple one out of these since there were no purple peppers last year. The bottom picture is of patio princess tomato seedlings, a nice and easy-to-grow determinate plant (also grown last year). I haven't yet had time to plant the Tiny Tim or Oregon Spring tomatoes sent to me by Emily, but that's on my list of to-dos for the upcoming week. My to-do list also includes finding some different varieities of tomatoes, pepper, or squash to plant this year. I thought I had a lot of leftover seeds from last year, but I actually don't. We have also planted broccoli and yellow onion bulbs in a tiny plot in the backyard, and I'll get pictures up of those too.