Blooms are everywhere. Forsythia, apple, peach and more. The first picture is called Glory of the Snow Blue Giant—it looks like an iris and is very short. We bought a Fuyu persimmon tree to add to our garden. It’s got buds and leaves—can’t wait. On a sad note we are draining our water lily ponds and turning them into plant beds with lots of iris and other stuff. The bees have taken over the ponds and it’s impossible to be out there without them flying into you. This area has few water sources for them and they have latched on to our ponds even though we have set up two water sources for them. I guess we will put the water lilies in those ponds and have to admire them from a distance. I got a new camera and am experimenting with the different features—some pictures are better than others.