Gardening Confidence Booster!

It happens every winter: I quietly fret over whether my plants will come back and produce flowers or fruit. I tend to their needs throughout the year, but in the back of my mind, I’m wondering, “Did the overnight winter temperatures hurt my plants? Will they die in protest?”

From those low points, I then find myself soaring to happy heights when, yes, there is tangible proof that my plants are healthy and thriving.

My modest 3-in-1 apple tree has a handful of branches, for example, but on two of those branches are many beautiful blossoms that have opened in recent days,  signaling the coming of fruit. I was watering my plants but had to stop what I was doing and admire these lovely apple blossoms up close.

The rose plants that I decided not to prune this season are already covered with new leaves. My lone surviving artichoke plant is producing many large leaves, which hopefully will be followed by delicious artichokes.

It is very thrilling (and a confidence booster) when I see such vibrant activity in my winter garden. Looks like I will be handsomely rewarded this spring!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Apple seeds are highly toxic if ingested.  More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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