Seems like our lilacs are running behind, from what others are saying, but the tulips are still going strong!
There are three Clematis blooms in the process of opening up here!! Last year was the first year I ever had blooming Clematis, got hooked, and put in a few more. This particular one was a real scrappy death's-door one I got the girl to mark down to $4 - it could be a real show stopper this spring!
I've been lazy about some things, like taking the lights off the outside trees. Hey, it's not like they're lit!! But if the spruce is starting to bud out, maybe that's a sign?? I should get before and after pictures of this tree - it added a lot of size last spring, and I wonder if this year will be the same??
Kinda gross, right?
Don't worry,there's still hope. Wash 'em, chop 'em, toss them with some granlated sugar, and then get a little creative and give them a boost. I added just a couple tiny drops of cherry extract and vanilla to the berries, and then, knowing strawberries are often paired with balsamic vinegar, I added a couple tiny drops of that as well - figuring it would add a hint of depth to the berries (since they hadn't developed their full flavor in the sun).
A few hours of sitting in the fridge, given the occasional shake or stir, and the lackluster berries were a huge hit on angel food cake!
(Ok,the picture coud be brighter)
You could easily try different flavorings - almond extract might give a hint of marachino cherry, black pepper could be interesting, and I bet lemon and/or orange extract would be great!