I’m now calling my lawn a prairie, as it continues to grow and I continue to wait to get my mower back from the hardware store. I don’t want to bore anyone with the details, but I think my mower should be ready on Monday. When I called at 4:30 PM they said they were ‘working on it now’. But apparently that means it won’t be done until Monday. They must quit at 5:00 or something, and plan to leave my mower in a half-tuned state until Monday. But when I asked if I should just come Monday after work he said no, wait until they call me. They better call me on Monday!
I did attempt to try to borrow a mower from three different people. My sister’s mower is at the same hardware store mine is at, waiting for a tune up. Another friend’s mower hasn’t worked since last fall, and yet a third person tried to start theirs after I called and it wouldn’t start.
So I went out and trimmed around everything. Now my lawn is a trimmed up prairie. And we are expected stormy weather this weekend, so we should get some rain which will help the prairie grow even taller.
I did check out what is blooming today and compared it to my records. The serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora) is starting to bloom and it is a week ahead of when it bloomed last spring.
I think the grape hyacinths are also a week or so ahead of schedule.
The early tulips are starting to bloom. I just planted these last fall, so I don’t have records of previous years’ bloom time to compare to. I thought they'd be taller, however.
I think the Helleborus (Helleborus orientalis) are right on schedule.