The little raspberries are doing pretty well. All the plants survived the winter and look to be suckering nicely. These are Caroline (red), Anne (yellow) and Canby (thornless summer-bearing red). I've also got some garlic tucked around the edges. I decided to try that instead of planting in the garden beds. Since I don't plant a whole bed of garlic, I have to work around it (since it's fall planted) during spring bed-prep. I just have to make sure I'm paying attention and pull it before the tops die back completely and I lose them. Even if I miss them though, they do serve as a companion plant for the berries.
The jostaberries have started blooming this week. I'm excited to taste these as I've been curious to try them since reading about them last year. Jostaberries are a cross between gooseberries & black currants, neither of which I ever really eaten though I did taste a gooseberry several years ago. Even if I don't like them, they should create a nice green backdrop to the front flower garden (another project soon to get some attention) and unlike gooseberries, they are thornless.
The Saskatoon (Serviceberry) has lots of blooms on it though it's still a pretty small plant. I hope they grow more this year (second summer). This is the larger one, the smaller one doesn't seem to have blooms but I did see some new stems around the base the other day.
The daffodils & tulips in the back are in bloom now. These daffodils seem to come out a little later than some of the others.
I'm happy to see these tulips returned this year. I really like them. When they first came up, the blooms looked like they were going to be solid yellow. I was thinking the originals didn't make it and the offshoots came up plain but I guess they just don't turn orange until the blooms mature a little. Last year, my neighbor commented that these tulips seemed to almost glow in the right light.
That's all I've got for right now- soon enough though, there will be more...