I was just in the garden and noticed how many plants have little green buds on them. The blueberries, blackberry and most of the bushes around the yard have little leaf buds swelling. I worry a bit for them, should we get a hard frost.
Last year in the heat of summer I planted three young cranberry cottoneasters that I grew from seed. They really suffered from the bad planting time coupled with the drought we get here in the summer. They were planted in awkward areas where the hoses don't reach. They dropped all of their leaves, and even though they are notoriously tough plants, I thought it was possible that I had killed them. I am thrilled to report...they are all alive. All three have teeny little green leaves coming out. I have a real soft spot for cottoneasters. I have two regular varieties growing against our shed. They fan up in a flat style that makes them perfect for walls. In the spring they get covered with small white flowers that the bees go crazy for. Right now they are covered with small bright red berries. The birds will devour them eventually.