I swear they went much faster this spring. the lilac in the backyard is coming into bloom — basically, we saved that plant; 2 years ago, it was completely smothered in blackberry and morning glory — and the candytuft & veronica (?) continue to bloom, but everything else is still just getting ready to do something.
I planted the 2nd sowing of veggies over the weekend, which brought me close enough to the ground to realize that the sunflowers and carrots, too, had managed to sprout, which means that everything that was sown from seed has done just fine. this week I’m trying to harden off the 2nd batch of starts to plant next weekend, keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll get the right combo of weather to stay alive this time.