Leaf buds on my pomegranate tree. It hasn't gotten the memo that our last freeze date is 3 weeks away.
We've had wildly fluctuating temperatures the last month or so. Sometimes a 40* difference between morning and afternoon temps. This morning it was 35* when I woke up and it is supposed to top out at 73*.
The little bit of rain that we finally got, has convinced the plants and animals to come out of their winter dormancy. The birds are very busy singing to one another in the mornings and my feeder has never been busier.
I too, have come out of dormancy, and I know full well when the last freeze date is. Living in the South, we are never fully without a growing season. I am just dipping my toes in the waters of 2nd season growing.
I've been working on getting my formerly uneven garden, into raised boxes. I have one left to go and that means a trip to Home Depot for corner pieces. The two you see got planted with beets (Detroit Red) and carrots (Little Finger) and potatoes (Red Pontiac). The pots are planted with rhubarb (Victoria). I know better than to try to grow rhubarb in our heat, but I couldn't resist once I found out they can be grown as a spring annual. When the heat hits, I'm supposed to pull them up and store them in a cool/dry place. I have very fond memories of the strawberry-rhubarb 'slop' that my grandmother used to make.
I planted a fig (Celeste) and two pear (Orient and Keiffer) trees this week as well.
It's time to start lopping back the perennials for spring growth to occur. I also need to turn a bed that I had planted with a cover crop (clover and winter pea). That particular bed is dead as a doornail as far as nutrients. The cover crop fixes nitrogen. I will add some more compost and maybe get it healthy again. All my beds are in bad shape because they got little/no rain water last year. It was all well water and it's so hard, that it is off the charts.
Our long range weather forecast doesn't bode well for the South and Southwest. Spring is supposed to be much drier than normal (surprise!) and the summer is going to be hotter and drier than normal (surprise again!). I wish they'd just move the 'normal' so we wouldn't all get our hopes up every time a cloud rolls by.