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Spring Blooms and Leaves

Blooming dandelion and nectarine, onion seedlings, and new pear and blackberry leaves.It's been a while since I made an obsessive spring post.  I hope I'm not boring you to tears, but spring is just so exciting that I can't help myself!

Yesterday, everything popped.  I found the first wild violets and dandelions blooming, and the nectarine tree and one of the peaches unfurled their first pink blossoms.  A young pear tree which I could have sworn was just a stick yesterday suddenly had glossy green leaves all up and down its stem, while  nearby, purplish blackberry leaves had popped up.

In the garden, the first onion seedlings showed their heads (center picture.)  Last year, I pulled up a couple of onion seedlings before I realized they weren't young weeds --- they do look very different from all of the other seedlings in the garden!

In other news, Huckleberry --- who has been going walkabout a lot lately --- graced us with his presence yesterday for the first time in nearly four days.  My abandonment complex can be put to sleep for a few days!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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