february started with small snow, and closed with small rain. we’re grateful for the moisure, however little it is against the specter of deepening drought.

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apricots are in full bloom, and both trees hum with bees all day. if it doesn’t freeze, the fruit will set and we’ll have a harvest this year, but the odds are stacked against us; for all the unseasonable warmth of the last few weeks, it would be pretty surprising (and unnerving) for there to be no further freeze between now and april. they say you get a good fruit harvest one year in five in the high desert, and so far, our experience bears this out.
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that said, they sure are pretty. there’s a great deal of spring springing up everywhere.

yarrow in the herb bed
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walking onions
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a lively regrowth of water celery in the aquaponics bed
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and i think this is year three or four on the perennial chard in the main garden.
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bulbs are opening up as well.
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as always, these are last week’s; i saw hyacinths coming up this morning, but it will probably take me another week to get their photo onto the internet.

and of course, here’s your gratuitous kitty picture:
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