The sun has returned to the Ouachitas, along with highs in the 80s. A perfect day to get into the garden for spring cleaning the dried stalks left from last year, as well as transplanting lavender, a volunteer sunflower and adding more soil and mulch to existing beds.
Among the discoveries today was a split open poke sallet stem, dried and bleached through last fall and winter, with its spongy interior mostly gone, but its ribs were left.
A short walk later was a beautifully gnarled, mossed and lichen-ed underside of a tree, which, last year, had been a useful perch for an eager chipmunk.
On the deck, a grapevine waited on the deck for some ground to call its own. The setting sun made the veining in its leaves stand out.