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Spring At Nisqually

The bad part of going on vacation is coming home to all the chores left undone. The lawn was so tall I had to mow it Sunday AND Monday in order to do a decent job. I spent the rest of Sunday pulling weeds and cutting back dead growth. Today I spread topsoil and planted the tomato plants that came while I was gone. I’ll probably be moving topsoil most of Saturday, too.

After picking up a load of topsoil for the garden, I did manage to squeeze in a trip to Nisqually Monday afternoon. Unfortunately, there were so many people enjoying the sunshine there weren’t many birds to be seen.

Luckily, the emerging plants and flowers weren’t nearly as shy. I enjoyed California’s flowers, but I love Spring blossoms in the Pacific Northwest even more, even when I don’t have a clue what kind of plant is blossoming, like this one:

Nor am I able to clearly distinguish between cherry blossoms, plum blossoms

Spring Blossoms

and apple blossoms,

Spring Blossoms

even though I can generally recognize Oregon Grape blossoms.

Oregon Grape Blossoms

It hardly matter because they’re all beautiful this time of year.